E-Bulletin of February 7, 2008

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MCCC Cuts the Ribbon for James Kerney Campus Addition
The community was out in force on Feb. 5 for the grand opening of the new addition to the James Kerney Campus. Called the Center City Cafe, the 3,900 square foot addition houses student culinary labs and a large cafeteria. Students of the Career Training Institute demonstrated their talents by preparing and serving continental breakfast. Later in the day they served a luncheon of fried chicken, corn bread, greens and grilled vegetables. The students operate the cafe as part of their training. More here with photos.

MCCC Proves Ideal Site for High School Competition
Mercer's Culinary Center was bustling with activity on January 31, when culinary students from three New Jersey technical high schools participated in the ProStart Culinary Competition presented by the New Jersey Restaurant Association. Teams of students from Atlantic, Essex and Passaic counties transported a delectable assortment of food items to the Culinary Center, where they prepared appetizers, entrées and desserts before a select panel of judges.
More here

Author/Activist Speaks on Sex, Race and Hip Hop
Author and activist Ewuare X. Osayande spoke to a group of engaged students on Tues., Feb. 5, on the topic he covers in his new book "Misogyny and the Emcee; Sex, Race and Hip Hop." The event was sponsored by the Union of Black Leaders under Counselor Elora Crump. Osayande gave a provocative and engaging talk, prompting many questions and comments from the students. He distributed free copies of his book to members of the audience.

Crump says, "I believe Mr. Osayande highlights a very microscopic piece of an enormous pie of issues that America has had since before it was 'The United States.' The crust of that pie was formed with the first settlers. Since that time, every group of people (ethnic group, class, gender, etc.) has contributed their own ingredients to the creation of this pie. Therefore, no one group is all at fault and no one group can fix it; it must be done corporately regardless of the sound-track playing in the kitchen. I am in agreement with what Mr. Osayande discussed." Photos here.

For more information on Osayande and samples of his writings, go to his website here.

MATHCOUNTS Feb. 10
MCCC will host the MATHCOUNTS program on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sponsored by the Professional Engineers Society of Mercer County, students from area high schools will compete through problem solving and testing. In the afternoon, the high scorers will “face off” and win awards. Mercer’s Math faculty will offer parents information about our courses and programs. Savita Bambhrolia and staff will offer information about MCCC; and Laurene Jones and Transfer Services will offer information about opportunities after Mercer. The main competition will take place in the Student Center in the morning. The afternoon awards will take place in CM107. Richard Williams, our math adjunct professor, is the coordinator. For information, contact Diane Campbell at Campbell@mccc.edu.

Italian American Leaders Create Scholarship Fund
Local Italian American leaders recently presented a check in the amount of $500 to MCCC President Patricia Donohue to be used for a scholarship that promotes Italian heritage through education. John Scarpati, president of the Mercer County Italian American Festival Association, made the presentation on behalf of Gilda Rorro Baldassari, who serves as honorary vice consul for Italy in Trenton and is a member of the Italian American Heritage Commission for the State Department of Education. For photo, click here.

SEE YOURSELF IN PINK AND BLUE -- SUPPORT THE MARCH OF DIMES
Message from MCCC's Phi Beta Lamda: In recent years, doctors have come to realize that folic acid is very important for everyone in maintaining health. It has long been known that folic acid plays an important role in the production of normal red blood cells. Some recent studies suggest that folic acid may help prevent stroke and some cancers.

Please join MCCC PBL and learn more about the importance of folic acid and what the March of Dimes is doing to prevent birth defects and promote healthy babies.

When: Monday, February 18, 2008. Where: SC 108
Time: Any time between 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Brunch will be provided.

DONATE $1 TO HELP THE MARCH OF DIMES CONTINUE THEIR IMPORTANT WORK!

For more information: contact the Office of Student Activities -- Robert Delgado delgador@mccc.edu or Harry Watson at ext. 3232.

Artists Invited to Submit Work for "Mercer County Artists" Exhibit
Artists 18 and older who are living, working, or attending school anywhere in Mercer County are invited to submit up to two recent works of art for consideration for this year's Mercer County Artists exhibition at MCCC's Gallery. Jurying takes place on Saturday, Feb. 23 at The Gallery, 2nd floor of the Communications Building. More than $1,500 in prizes and awards will be announced. This year's juror is Cicely Cottingham from Aljira Gallery and Design in Newark, NJ. The prospectus with details on submission can be downloaded from the college's website here, and is also available in hard copy outside of The Gallery.

You Can Send a Singing Valentine
The Jersey Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines International is offering Singing Valentines. They will deliver two songs in four-part harmony, a customized Valentine card, a photo with the quartet, a chocolate treat and a silk rose. Cost is $50. Or you can send a long-distance Valentine by telephone, with a greeting and a song, for $12. For more information contact Judy Katz at ext. 3324 or at 609-273-7701.

Mercer in the News Online

The Star Ledger, Feb. 7, 2008 "Renovations that Whet the Appetite"

(Same article in The Times: "Appetite for Instruction")

The Trentonian Feb. 4, 2008, "L'ville Granny Feels Right at Home in Kelsey Play"

Click here for the MLink Calendar of Events.

Coming Soon to Kelsey Theatre

Feb. 1-10: Driving Miss Daisy
(Click here for the Princeton Packet's Feature Story)
(Click here for the West Windsor Plainsboro News Feature Story)

Feb. 15-24: My Favorite Year

Feb. 23: Max and Ruby

Feb. 29 - March 9: Thoroughly Modern Millie

The eNews@MCCC
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Sports Update
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