E-Bulletin of April 10, 2008

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We Need Your Help With MercerMail and M-Alert!
If you have not yet updated your emergency contact information for M-Alert, please do so now.

Also, we need help in spreading the word to students about MercerMail and M-Alert. Susan Bowen has asked faculty members to make an announcement in all your classes. As you know, students are automatically included in our MercerMail system, but they need to sign on. Web pages with instructions on each of these services are prominent on MCCC’s home page here.

Participation Requested for "Earth Day" Events
Mercer's Sustainability Committee and the Student Government Association are cooperating to increase awareness of recycling, campus cleanup, the natural world, trees, and yes, voting, during upcoming campus events. Click here for a flyer with events listed.

Theatre Students Explore "Macbeth"
MCCC Theatre students will explore the dark forces of human nature in their upcoming adaptation of Shakespeare's classic tragedy, "Macbeth," at Kelsey Theatre. The curtain rises April 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 8 p.m. and April 27 at 2 p.m. According to MCCC Theatre Program Coordinator Jody Person, who directs the play, in the fantasy of this production, nearly all the actors slip beneath the skin and inhabit the roles of Macbeth and/or Lady Macbeth at some point in the action. "If the potential for evil exists in everyone, the characters in the play as well as members of the audience have the potential to be Macbeth or Lady Macbeth, if only in our daydreams or nightmares," Person said. "The action flows from scene to scene with a swiftness that draws us into Macbeth's internal struggles." Details and photos here.

"Adults in Transition" Open House May 7
MCCC is inviting all adults seeking to return to education, re-enter the workforce, change careers, or prepare for a rewarding retirement to an Open House Information Session. The event takes place on Wednesday, May 7, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Conference Center. Representatives from both credit and noncredit programs will be on hand. Details here.

Upcoming Lectures/Films

Filmmakers to Speak at JKC April 10
Former MCCC student and filmmaker Patrick Pierre and co-writer Adriana Gittens, a current MCCC student, will speak at the Kerney Campus, addressing "The Challenge of Making Independent Films" on April 10 at 12 noon, Kerney Hall.
The Trenton moviemakers held the premiere of their new film on Feb. 16. According to JKC staff member James White, "The Student Activities Committee is excited for the opportunity to meet, greet and converse with the emerging local celebrities." He said Adriana Gittens will be recognized by MCCC's Board of Trustees as an outstanding student for her creative contribution to the cinema.

The Film "Sand and Sorrow" Coming April 15
The Mercer County Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center will present "Sand and Sorrow," a 93-minute film about Darfur narrated by George Clooney, on April 15 at noon in the Communications Building, Room 109. The show is free and open to the public. For further information contact Professor Emeritus Saul Goldwasser at goldwass@mccc.edu.

Rutgers Professor Emeritus to Lecture on Genocide April 17
"Twenty-First Century Variations on the Theme of Genocide" is the topic of Rutgers Professor Emeritus Irving Louis Horowitz's Upcoming Lecture at MCCC on April 17 at noon in CM 109. Prof. Horowitz has recently published "Taking Lives: Genocide and State Power" (5th edition) which may be purchased in the college bookstore. The free lecture is sponsored by the Mercer County Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center. For further information contact Professor Emeritus Saul Goldwasser at goldwass@mccc.edu.

Eric Kunsman to Speak April 24
Noted photographer Eric Kunsman, book artist and former MCCC coordinator of Photography, will feature his latest body of work in a photo lecture entitled "Thou Art...Will Give…" on Thursday, April 24, at 12 noon. The event is presented free to the public as part of Mercer's Distinguished Lecture Series and will be held in CM 110. Details here.

Walking Day April 16
On Wednesday, April 16, the American Heart Association is sponsoring a National Walking Day that encourages people to wear their sneakers to work and to take a walk at some point during the day. The event is to encourage people to adopt a healthy lifestyle. More here.

Flight Fair April 26
MCCC's Aviation program is again hosting a "Pennies-A-Pound" Flight Fair on Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Trenton-Mercer Airport. The rain date is Sunday, April 27. Cost is 20 cents per pound, with an $8 minimum and $22 maximum fee. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For more information call 609-530-1272.

Professional Development From the Bat Cave
Click here for upcoming professional development opportunities, and watch a new video profile of Dr. Craig Coenen.

Credit Union to Make Campus Visits
All college employees and students are entitled to membership to the Mercer County NJ Teachers' Federal Credit Union. The credit union is non-profit and offers its gains to members in the form of better loan rates, etc. Credit Union representatives will be visiting the campus on several upcoming dates to offer membership to staff or students and to explain their services. West Windsor Campus visits will be on the second floor of the Student Center, near the bookstore. The James Kerney Campus location will be in the Center City Cafe (cafeteria). Click here for a list of scheduled visits. Click here for the credit union's website.

Heart Walk Off to Good Start -- Save the Date
College staff and faculty donated over $700 to the February "Go-Red" day. The donations will be added to all proceeds from this year's Heart Walk, set for Sunday, September 14. According to Amy Iseneker, the money will specifically go towards research and programs for women.

MCCC to Provide Training for Aurobindo Pharma USA
Mercer's Center for Training and Development will design and deliver customized training for Aurobindo Pharma USA, which manufactures generic pharmaceuticals. The company received a $152,000 training grant from the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Planned training for current and new employees will include computer skills, manufacturing, mathematics and communications. President Patricia Donohue participated in the announcement ceremony, with Labor Commissioner David J. Socolow and representatives from Aurobindo. Photos here.

Celebrating Successful Women
The March 27 "Celebrating Successful Women" luncheon concluded Women's Month activities at Mercer. Three guest speakers were Suzanne Carbonaro, an instructor of Communication and Journalism at Rider University and The College of New Jersey; Major Wendy J. Galloway, a member of the Division of State Police who is currently the commanding officer for Community Affairs; and Kim Lacken, a Mercer County deputy first assistant prosecutor.

The Program was sponsored by the Student Activities office, MCCC Counselor Tim Moran, the Athletics Department, and the American Association for Women in Community Colleges -- MCCC Chapter.The Hospitality Club catered the luncheon and provided an assortment of desserts.

Update From the College Effectiveness Assessment Task Force
Bettina Caluori, who chairs the CEA Task Force, submitted this update:
What makes listeners donate to WWFM? How do our bursar practices compare to those at other community colleges? How satisfied are the customers of our dining services?

The answers to questions such as these will emerge as we work together to improve the college. Following an updated, college-wide assessment plan, each year all administrative units/areas will investigate the quality of one service in relation to one goal for that service. Walter Brooks, Peter Fretwell, Pat Barchi, Bernice Gottlieb-Smith, Frank DiBella and Susan Bowen recently presented their plans for the "One Service One Goal" (OSOG) initiative at the meeting of the College Effectiveness Assessment Task Force (CEATF) on March 14. This effort in Administrative and Student Services parallels a similar effort in all academic divisions called "One Course One Goal" (OCOG). More here.

Click here for a Power Point presentation on the Administrative unit of MCCC, which includes fast facts.

Television Program Teaches Children/Teens
On April 3 Television Instructor Steve Voorhees assisted the West Windsor Cub Scouts, Pack 48, as they worked to earn their Communicator Activity Badge. Part of their requirement is to learn how a television station operates. Voorhees gave ten enthusiastic scouts a tour of the TV Studio and control room, and instructed them in creating broadcasts of the local weather forecast in front of the "green screen." The children received a tape of their forecasts at the end of the evening.

The studio also hosted a visit by high schoolers from Trenton Central. In addition to an overview of studio production, the students produced their own short newscast. The students are part of a program provided by the Trenton Public Education Foundation.

International Student Organization Hosts Soccer Tournament
Mercer's International Student Organization (ISO) ushered in spring with its second annual "Play for a Cause" soccer tournament on March 29. Ten teams of MCCC students competed. Medals were awarded to the first, second and third place teams. ISO Advisor Amy Immordino reports that each team played with passion and had a great time playing "the world's sport."

Proceeds from the event were donated to the Glenn "Mooch" Myernick Soccer Foundation, Inc., which provides opportunities for youth soccer in urban areas. Myernick hailed from the local area and dedicated his life to the sport of soccer as a player and coach at the highest levels, including the U.S. National Team. Photos here.

Noted Speaker, Educator Shares Secrets of Leadership at Mercer
Speaker and educator, Dr. Teena Cahill, gave humorous and poignant insights into what constitutes great leadership in today's world during a lively talk to students, faculty, staff and community members at MCCC's Conference Center on April 3. She challenged the 200-plus members of the audience to find their personal strengths and to build on them to make a transformational difference in the lives of others.

Acknowledging the challenges of balancing work, family life and personal growth, Cahill encouraged the audience to discover and trust in the leader within themselves. "You must figure out what it is you want to do well," said Cahill, a Princeton-based clinical psychologist, director of Wisdom and Beyond LLC, and author of The Cahill Factor: Turning Adversity into Advantage (SterlingHouse Publisher, Inc., 2007). Following the presentation, Cahill signed and distributed free copies of her book to students. For event photos, click here.

"Dress For Success" Fashion Show at JKC
Five students served as models when the American Association for Women in Community Colleges -- MCCC Chapter, the Student Activities office and JKC Student Activities Board sponsored the "Dress for Success" Fashion Show. The March 25 Kerney Campus event featured Cee Sloan, store manager of the Hamilton Dressbarn, who spoke about coordinating a suit and career clothes, turning a work outfit into an evening outfit, and learning what's new for spring.
Dressbarn is a national sponsor of S.O.S Week, which is sponsored by the organization called "Dress For Success." Click here for photos (courtesy of Dr. Donna Richardson-Hall).

Current Position Openings at MCCC
Click here for the list of job openings on campus.

MouthWorks Comedy Show -- "For No Reason"
All are invited to the MouthWorks Comedy Show on Saturday, May 3 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 4 at 3 p.m. Free admissions and Yum-Yum's! The BlackBox Studio Theatre ( CM 122).
Come early for seats! Rated PG-13. For more information contact Kathryn Paluscio, assistant professor of Communication and coach of MouthWorks, at ext. 3454.

Hunger Fundraiser Coming to Mercer County Park
Kinny's Walk, "Battling Hunger One Step at a Time," takes place at Mercer County Park on Sunday, June 8. Register from 9 to 10:30 a.m.; walk 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be food, entertainment and vendors. For more information visit www.BattleAgainstHunger.org or call 732-274-9514.

Click here for the MLink Calendar of Events.

Click here for a listing of April Events (Community College Month).

Coming Soon to Kelsey Theatre

April 19 -- Dr. Dolittle

April 18-27 -- "Macbeth" presented by MCCC Theatre Students

May 3 -- Sleeping Beauty

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