E-Bulletin of March 19, 2007

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2007 Scholarship Dinner Dance a Success
The Hyatt Regency was sparkling on March 10, when about 360 guests enjoyed a special evening with a serious purpose -- raising scholarship dollars. Many MCCC staff members volunteered to meet, greet, organize and staff the silent auction, sell raffle tickets and more. The Kenni i Orchestra not only provided great dance music, they performed excerpts from two Broadway hits -- Les Miserable and Phantom of the Opera.

Three Broadway characters added an extra punch -- Amy Foris dressed as Annie Oakley, Tom Bessellieu, who has acted in many shows at Kelsey, volunteered as Tevya, and student scholarship winner, Erik Rojas, dressed as a member of the CATS cast.

Staff and volunteers who served on the Dinner Dance Committee have been working for months to sell sponsorships and ads, solicit auction items, plan the decorations and theme, film and produce the video, write and produce the program book, work on publicity, put up web pages, design and mail invitations, make signs and arrange silent auction baskets. Click here for more on the event and honorees.
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Bob Pugh Accepts Prestigious Award Tonight
Mercer’s own Bob Pugh will receive the prestigious Bob Kanaby Award from the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the sport of basketball. NJSIAA Executive Director Steven Timko will present Bob with a trophy during halftime of the 2007 NJ Nets/NJSIAA High School Basketball Tournament of Champions boys game tonight, March 19 at Continental Airlines Arena. The ceremony will be aired live on CN 8 (the Comcast Network) at approximately 8:30 p.m. Click here for today's article in The Trentonian.

Mercer in the News -- Mel Leipzig Featured
The front page of Friday's "Good Times" section of The Times featured three color reproductions of Mel Leipzig paintings, all executed at MCCC. Three more reproductions and an excellent article about his current exhibit appeared on page 3. The photos are not online, but click here to read this article and other recent publicity.

Tech Prep Student Selected for Contest
A "Tech-Prep" high school student studying in Mercer's culinary program, Zach Dworsky, was selected, from more than 700 applicants, to be part of a Food Network Challenge cook-off. He is one of only ten finalists who has the chance to win a full scholarship to Johnson and Wales University. According to Frank Benowitz, the judges were impressed with both his recipe entry and, more importantly, his culinary vocabulary -- learned, of course, at MCCC. Dworsky's winning menu included blood orange glazed osso buco served with roasted fennel. His goal is to become a chef and restauranteur. Photo here

Play Soccer For a Worthy Cause Mar. 30-31
Let's play some soccer! The International Student Organization will host its first "Play for a Cause" Soccer Tournament on MCCC's premiere turf soccer field. Games will be played on Friday, March 30, from 2 to 6 p.m., and may extend to May 31, depending upon the number of teams. The cost to participate is $5 per person.

Each team will be composed of seven field players and one goalie. Teams may include students, staff and faculty. Proceeds of the event will be donated to the Institute for Children with Cancer and Blood Disorders. More information about the institute is available here.

The Friday games will be followed by a Multi-Cultural Dinner in the Student Cafeteria from 6 to 9 p.m. Tournament participants are invited to attend the dinner free of charge, and will receive an extra ticket for a guest. For those not playing in the tournament the cost for dinner is $2. Anyone interested should contact Amy Immordino at ext. 3531.

Mercer Floats in St. Pat's Parade
MCCC participated in Trenton's St. Patrick's Day parade on March 10, distributing information and good will. Maria Tazza of Enrollment Services organized volunteers. Student participants were from the International Student Organization, the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the Anime Club. Photos here.

"A Chocolate Affair" Garners Support
Carl Fischer Candies, Thomas Sweet Ice Cream and Chocolate, and Carella's Hallmark Chocolates have pledged to help the Physical Therapist Assistant program celebrate its tenth anniversary on April 12. In addition, Primal Pictures has donated approximately $1,500 worth of educational software to be auctioned off that evening. The company specializes in anatomical software products. More here

Blinderman Part of New Science Committee
Laura Blinderman has been invited to serve on the steering committee for the MidAtlantic Regional SENCER Center (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities), to be launched in September. The center will be based at Rutgers University and will draw participants from Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, metropolitan New York and Long Island, and The Lower Hudson Valley. The center will focus on teaching strategies and resources, including a speaker's bureau, opportunities for collaboration in designing, implementing and sustaining SENCER courses, learning theory in association with colleges of education, academic integrity concerns, assessment developments, articulation and transfer of credit issues and pre- and in-service teacher education. Click here for more information about SENCER.

Harrigan Publishes Resumes
The work of Erika Harrigan, Career Counselor in the Career Training Institute and a certified professional resume writer, has recently been published in the “Best Resumes for College Students and New Grads," second edition by Louise Kursmark. Her sample resumes were also recently published in the second edition of “Same-Day Resume” by Michael Farr.

Temu Selected to Boards
Naweichi Temu, assistant director of the Career Training Institute, was selected to the Mercer County Chamber of Commerce Future Business Leaders Council Class of 2007, and is a new board member of Dress for Success, Mercer County Chapter.

Save the Date for Golf Tournament June 12
Mercer's Athletics Department will host its 16th Annual Golf Classic on Tuesday, June 12 at the Mercer Oaks East Golf Course in West Windsor. Proceeds will be donated to the Student-Athlete Scholarship Fund. The tournament is held in memory of MCCC Foundation board member and local physician, Dr. Cynthia Schaffer.

Help to spread the word that sponsors are needed in amounts ranging from $125 to $5,000. Prize donations are also welcome. For more iniformation call Athletics Director John Simone at ext. 3740 or e-mail simone@mccc.edu.

Reminder -- Give Blood on Campus March 22
MCCC's Human Resources office will host a Blood Drive on March 22 through the Community Blood Council of N.J. Set up your time by calling Mildred Leckie ext. 3271. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Coming to Kelsey Theatre

March 23 - April 1 -- "Cinderella"

April 14 - "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere"

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Sports Update
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Retirees to Meet March 21
HelenMarie Dolton invites all MCCC retirees to get together on Wednesday, March 21 at 1:00, Sunny Gardens. Call her by the 19th to reserve your seat, at 882-5086.

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