E-Bulletin of March 5, 2008

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MCCC Signs Transfer Agreement with Monmouth Univ.
Students who graduate with the required courses from Mercer's Computer Science associate degree program will be able to enter into the bachelor's degree program in Software Engineering at Monmouth. Students must maintain an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher. More here.

Public Invited to March 14 "Searching for the Stars"
The community is invited to the final round of MCCC's "Searching for the Stars" talent competition on Friday, Mar. 14, 7 to 9 p.m., in Kerney Hall. The event involves numerous MCCC students from the Entertainment Technology and Theatre departments, and many faculty and staff members who are involved in planning and serving as judges. Details here.

Two From Denmark Join Business Practice Firm Training
Carol Weber took the lead in hosting two days of International Business Practice Firm training for 13 teachers who hope to implement a similar program at their schools or colleges. The participants included five from colleges (two from Denmark, two from Illinois, and one from Wisconsin), and eight from New Jersey high schools. Staff and faculty members who played a role in the planning and teaching included Tony Bruzaitis, Sue Holman, Josie Mathias, Mary McCormick and Herb Spiegel. Photo here.

Opening Reception Tonight for Mercer County Artists 2008
The Gallery is hosting the "Mercer County Artists 2008" exhibit now through April 3. This annual exhibit is a collaboration between the college and The Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission. A free opening reception will be held Wednesday, March 5 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at The Gallery. Announcement of awards will be at 6:15 p.m. The public is invited.

According to Gallery Director Tricia Fagan, this year there were 186 works submitted by 105 artists, and 64 works were selected for the show. Nine works are sculptures, and the rest are two dimensional in every media, representing 48 artists. This year's juror is Cicely Cottingham from Aljira Gallery and Design in Newark, NJ. More here.

Flight Fair March 29
The Aviation Flight Technology faculty and students invite all to their Flight Fair on Saturday, March 29 at Trenton-Mercer Airport. Details here.

"Policewomen: The First Century and Beyond" Coming Mar. 27
MCCC will pay homage to women in law enforcement with a lecture entitled "Policewomen: The First Century and Beyond." The talk takes place on Thursday, Mar. 27 at 12 noon in the Communications Building, CM 110 as part of Mercer's Distinguished Lecture Series.

Dr. Peter Horne, coordinator of MCCC's Criminal Justice Program, will present an historical overview and Plainsboro Township Police Chief Elizabeth Bondurant, an adjunct professor at MCCC since 1996, will describe her real life experiences. More here.

MCCC Students Lead Family Science Event in Hamilton
On Feb. 19, current and former MCCC science students presented “Family Science + MCCC = Science Rules!” for elementary school families in Hamilton. Held at Langtree Elementary School, the evening event included five experiments that illustrated key scientific principles.

Families enthusiastically participated as MCCC alum Rocco Gervasi and current organic chemistry student Patricia Douglas led the activities with faculty member Helen Tanzini. Among the science concepts covered were chromatography, hydrated polymers and a solid-to-gas demo with balloons. According to Tanzini, the event provides teaching and leadership opportunities for MCCC students, while also promoting the college to the next generation of potential students. The event was sponsored by MCCC and the Trenton Section of the American Chemical Society. Photos here.

TV Students Produce Basketball Broadcast
On Saturday, Feb. 23, more than 15 Television students worked together to broadcast the Mercer County High School Basketball Championships live on MCTV. The games, which were sold out, were televised to the entire county live. "This is the third year MCTV has broadcast the games, and the students did an unbelievable job," said faculty member Steve Voorhees. "The Trenton Times advertised the broadcast in Saturday’s paper to promote viewership. We are planning to submit the telecast to a national television competition." Craig Coenen (history) and Bob Pugh (athletics) provided on-air commentary and worked the halftime show.

Click here for the MCTV home page, to view videos of a news show and the cooking show "Dish it Out" with Doug Fee, a collaboration between the TV and HRIM programs.

WWFM Semi-Annual Fundraiser Begins Mar. 7
WWFM kicks off its eight-day spring fundraiser this Friday, offering a number of exciting gifts for contributors at different levels. The first donor to pledge $8,910 or more will receive a Mel Leipzig painting. To make a membership donation and to see the entire gift lift, visit link here: Donations may also be made by calling 1-888-232-1212. All contributors who pledge online on Friday will receive the WWFM 25th Anniversary Mouse Pad.

TV Students to Produce Pet Adoption Show
MCTV and its students are teaming up with Pet Rescue of Mercer County to produce a show promoting pet adoption. The plan is to profile the homeless animals to Mercer County residents in hopes that viewers will call the phone number and adopt. The program hopes to raise awareness of pet adoption and Pet Rescue. The show is currently in planning stages with plans to air in late March/early April.

Ad Design Student Wins Award
A poster design by MCCC Advertising Design student Carolina Garcia, who works at Princeton Health Care, took first-place honors from the Princeton Health Care System during its foundation's award reception on Feb. 6. The employee poster contest received its submissions from hospital departments whose programs received foundation grants last year. Guests at the reception voted on their favorite posters. Garcia does administrative work and Spanish translation. Photo here.

"Bananas Foster" Fundraiser Uses New Club Space in Cafeteria
The Hospitality Club was the first student group to make use of a new area in the Cafeteria, where club events that require cooking can set up and serve their food, according to Frank DiBella, general manager of The Conference Center and Cafeteria.

According to Frank Benowitz, Hospitality Club advisor, the group's Bananas Foster fundraiser on Feb. 28 did very well, selling 121 portions at $2.50 per portion for a total of $302.50. "This was a great start for the "Club Corner," said Frank Benowitz, "and we are thankful to have been given this opportunity. We are looking forward to doing another station soon." Photos here.

Advertising/Marketing Pro to Speak to Class March 6
Roger Shapiro of Mitchell Rose, LLC Advertising/Marketing Communications, will meet with the Graphic Design Club on Thursday, March 6 from 12 - 1 p.m. in ES 126 to discuss the role of copywriting in advertising. He plans to include writing tips and will take questions about the marketing and communications business. Shapiro is the author of "Write Right: 26 Tips to Improve Your Writing. Dramatically."

Women/Minority Owned Business Conference May 17
MCCC will host a conference for women and minority-owned businesses who wish to learn how to contract with the college. The conference is set for Saturday, May 17, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Conference Center. Register by calling 609-570-3311. There is no charge, but the registration deadline is May 9.

Mercer in the News Online

The Times, March 3, 2008: Classical Radio Station Receives $100 G

The Packet, March 2, 2008: Classical Radio Station WWFM Gets Major Foundation Grant

The Times, March 1, 2008: YWCA Tribute to Honor Top Area Women

An Update Letter from Former Dean Morson
Harrison Morson writes from New Orleans, where he has been doing volunteer work. Click here.

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 February 29 eNews@MCCC
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Sports Update
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