E-Bulletin of February 27, 2008

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The Virtual College Debuts
Mercer's Virtual Campus has been renamed "The Virtual College." Click here to see the new logo.

Join Us for "Searching for the Stars"
Because of bad weather on Feb. 22, the schedule for the talent search event, "Searching for the Stars," has been changed. The first round of the competition is now set for Friday, Feb. 29, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Performers should arrive at 6 p.m. to sign in. All events take place in Kerney Hall on the James Kerney Campus.

The second round of the competition is now Friday, March 7, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., (audience is limited to performers' families and friends), and the third round of the competition remains the same: March 14, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This is the grand finale where a guest judge from the Apollo Theatre will help select the winner of the competition.

Mercer judges are expected to include Terrence Carter, Kitty Getlik, Alvyn Haywood, Kathi Paluscio, Jody Person, and Monique Simon. Bob Terrano and Entertainment Technology students will be furnishing sound and lighting.

Edward Frederick to be Honored
Trenton's "Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc." will honor MCCC's Edward Frederick, assistant dean for academic programs and evening services at the James Kerney Campus, at their awards luncheon on March 22 at Roman Hall Restaurant in Trenton. He will be honored "because of the many years that he has diligently worked with the young men and women of Mercer County Community College," says Ruth Rosser, a member of MCCC's Foundation Board.

Frederick began his career at MCCC 38 years ago. For a brief overview of his service here, written for the college's 40th anniversary in 2006, click here. For more information about the event contact Ruth Rosser at 586-2327 or e-mail ruthrosser@aol.com.

Bananas Foster Fundraiser Feb. 28
MCCC's Hospitality Club will hold a Bananas Foster fundraiser in the Student Center Cafeteria on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each portion, made fresh by Hospitality Club members and instructor Frank Benowitz, will be sold for $2.50, and all proceeds will benefit the club.

WWFM The Classical Network has received a $100,000 donation from the Sunup Foundation of the Princeton area. The principals of the foundation wish to remain anonymous. The donation will be used for "capacity building," says General Manager Peter Fretwell. "We will be adding resources and reaching out more to the community." Click here for the full press release.

The Mercer County Office of Emergency Management has asked WWFM to be their Mercer County radio station for emergency broadcasts. They will be purchasing an emergency power generator and other equipment for WWFM to ensure countywide communications with citizens during emergencies.

WWFM has been asked to serve as the media sponsor for the Princeton Historical Celebration of the 225th anniversary of the Continental Congress meeting in Princeton. The radio station will broadcast live from selected events, and will be included in the group's stationery, newspaper ads, event programs, and website.

Davis Presents to College Board
Don Davis, director of Upward Bound and Talent Search programs, gave a presentation to the national College Board recently. He spoke about the "Rising Stars" program, made possible through the College Board's $10,000 grant. The program identifies disadvantaged students from Trenton Central High School and helps them prepare for college through science enrichment, after-school tutoring, and preparation for the SAT and other tests.

Civil Rights Activist Addresses Students
Jesse Epps, a long-time civil rights and workers rights activist, came to MCCC to speak to an African-American history class on Feb. 25, taught by Assistant Professor Eric Watson. Epps was a key negotiator during the Memphis sanitation workers strike in 1968 and a close advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was gunned down during the negotiations in Memphis. Epps challenged the students to participate in the elective process this year and to work towards realizing Dr. King’s dream of civil rights for all. Click here for photo.

Kelsey Review Calls for Submissions
Area writers and artists are invited to submit their work for possible inclusion in Kelsey Review, a Mercer County literary magazine published by MCCC, and edited by faculty members Ed Carmien and Holly-Katharine Mathews. The Review accepts short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction essays, excerpts of novels, black and white line drawings (suitable for digital scanning), and cartoons. Details here.

Late Night Series Spring Performances
MCCC's Late Night Series embarks on another exciting performance adventure this spring. Open to the public, this free bi-monthly event includes two hours of open mic entertainment, plus special featured artists. The Studio Theatre/CMN 122, located on the West Windsor campus, opens its doors at 9:30 p.m. with the show scheduled to start at 10 p.m. Performers include MCCC students and members of the community who present a unique mix of poetry, drama, dance, comedy, film/video and live music. Details here.

Men’s and Women’s Basketball Update
The men's basketball team ended its regular season on a high note as the Vikings came back from a 15-point deficit to defeat the County College of Morris 106 -102 in overtime on Feb. 21. Guard Pedro Burgos scored five of his team-high 23 points in overtime. Other high scorers were guard Derek Williams with 20 points and forward Josh Caver with 18. The team’s regular season record was 16-13.

Seeded no. 2, the Vikings had a bye in the opening round of the Region 19 tournament and will face no. 3-seeded Essex County College in the semi-final round on Friday, Feb. 29 at the County College of Morris. Game time is 1 p.m.

The women’s basketball team bowed out of the Region 19 tournament after losing to Essex County College 65-53 in the opening round on Feb. 23. The Lady Vikes ended their season with a 15-14 record.

Krista Regan Selected as MCCC's Woman of the Year
Sophomore guard Krista Regan was selected as MCCC’s Woman of the Year as part of the Garden State Athletic Conference’s annual celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day held at Seton Hall University on Feb. 10. Regan was a two-year starting guard on the women’s basketball team, serving as team captain this season. A Liberal Arts major, Krista plans to transfer to a four-year college to study Health and Physical Education. She volunteers for Special Olympics and serves as a volunteer recreation coach. For photos at the ceremony click here.

March Events -- for Women's History Month Plus
A full slate of March events includes workshop on topics such as body image, nutrition and wellness, date rape and retirement. Bus trips include "The Piano Lesson" and a Nets game. There is a fashion show, a book fair, and a "Celebrating Successful Women" luncheon. Faculty and staff are invited to all the events. Click here for the full list with details.

Vietnamese Delegation Visits MCCC
ETS and the State Department asked the college to host a delegation from the government of Vietnam, who visited on Feb. 20. MCCC executive team members presented information about the American educational system, the mission of community colleges, academic programs, business development, non-degree programs, pre-college learning, advisory committees, governance and finance, student support systems and more. Click here for a photo.

Campus Blood Drive March 5
On Wed., March 5, the Human Resources Office is coordinating a semi-annual blood drive with the Community Blood Council of New Jersey, in the Student Center, Room SC-108 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mildred Leckie in Human Resources will take reservations at ext. 3271 if you wish to call ahead for available appointment times. As in the past, walk-ins are welcome. Click here for the flyer.

Click here for the MLink Calendar of Events.

Coming Soon to Kelsey Theatre

Feb. 29 - March 9: Thoroughly Modern Millie

March 8: Stone Soup

March 15: Strike Up The Band

The January eNews@MCCC
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Sports Update
Get an update on the progress of our sports teams here.

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