E-Bulletin of Feb. 6, 2007

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Dr. Donohue's First Day at MCCC
The college community welcomed Dr. Patricia Donohue as our new president at a breakfast reception on Feb. 1. Photos here.

"Paying for College" Open House Feb. 24
Help us spread the word! MCCC's Enrollment Services and Financial Aid offices will host "Paying for College" on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Student Center. This is the first of a new series of open houses for the community. Attendees will learn about the various types of financial aid, and student ambassadors will offer campus tours.

DREAM Students Complete First Semester; Demonstrate Success

After their first full semester at Mercer, the first DREAM program students have demonstrated their commitment and abilities. All nine of the program's original students have returned for the spring 2007 semester – a 100% retention rate. This innovative program is a grant-funded pilot project for students with Down Syndrome and other intellectual disabilities. More here.

Mercer in the News Online
Click here to read recently published news articles online about MCCC, including a Times story about President Donohue and two stories about our Nursing graduation.

Roma Lecture Entertains and Enlightens
Acclaimed photographer and Columbia University professor, Thomas Roma, presented an entertaining lecture with impressive slides of his work on Feb. 1 as part of Mercer's Distinguished Lecture Series. MCCC photography faculty member Michael Dalton recommended the lecture. He worked as Roma's assistant on a set of photographs at Holmesburg Prison which resulted in a book published in 2005, "In Prison Air, The Cells of Holmesburg Prison." Photos here.

Distinguished Lectures Coming Soon

MCCC Grad To Speak About Civil Strife in Africa Feb. 8

NJ Conservationist Lectures on Wildlife Feb. 15

Horticulture Student Wins Merit Award
Horticulture student Caryl Ott was awarded a Certificate of Merit by the New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association at its annual dinner for her design work on the residence of MCCC Teaching Assistant Linda Gaylo. Her entry was the only student entry recognized by the association, according to Amy Iseneker, who said the entire class completed designs for the Gaylo property. Photo here.

College Goal Sunday Helped 91 Students
More than 30 parents and 91 students attended MCCC's "College Goal Sunday" on Jan. 28 at the James Kerney Campus. College financial aid staff members volunteered their time to assist area residents with understanding the application process and filling out required financial aid forms. "Everyone who attended was rightly impressed," said Joann Mia. "Better yet, I have processed several of the attendees in the past few days."

This event was staffed by numerous MCCC volunteers from all units, including Carl Blackwell, Tonya Bottini, Jennelle Charles, Cheryl Chu, Stacy Denton, Adrienne Dixon, Linda Ertingue, Al-Lateef Farmer, Ed Frederick, Dana Green, Wilma Harley, Barbara Jefferson, Bill Johnston, Don Jones, Rashawn Jones, Rosemary McEady, Joann Mia, Wayne Murray, Reggie Page, Wanda Ritchie, Maria Rodriguez, Rakima Stokes, Milt Tull, Bobby Wardy, Monica Weaver, William White and MCCC student Ellen Powell.

Sports Update
Get an update on the progress of our sports teams here.

Coming to Kelsey Theatre

Feb 9-18 -- "For The Glory! -- The Civil War Musical"

Feb. 17 -- "Henry and Mudge"

Feb. 16-24 -- "The Mysteries" (MCCC Drama Students Perform Mystery Plays)

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Retirees to Meet
The retirees group will meet on Thursday, Feb. 22, 1 p.m. at Sunny Gardens. Please call HelenMarie Dolton to reserve a seat by Feb. 19 at 609-882-5086.

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