E-Bulletin of April 11, 2007

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Jim Faridy Donates Piano to Kelsey Theatre
When Foundation Board member Jamil Faridy found out in a casual conversation with Kitty Getlik that Kelsey Theatre needed a new piano, he stepped up to the plate and donated a shiny new one. More here.

Students Prepare/Serve Dinner for Advisory Commissions
On March 28 the students and faculty of MCCC's Hospitality programs prepared and served an extraordinary meal for almost 200 volunteers who serve on MCCC's Advisory Commissions, and the faculty and staff who work with them. Ornamental Horticulture program students and faculty provided beautiful floral arrangements. Students and faculty from the Radio/TV programs provided soft jazz selections. The Kube Pak Greenhouse of Allentown donated edible flowers that decorated the cakes.

What was on the menu? Duck salad with orange vinaigrette, soy sesame noodle salad, California scampi with shrimp and lobster, marinated roasted pork loin, stuffed chicken breast, couscous and roasted vegetables, roasted asparagus, mushrooms stuffed with crabmeat, and an amazing variety of desserts and cakes.
Photos here.

Dean Campbell Receives EOF Champion Award
Dr. Diane Campbell received the EOF Champion Award for 2006-07 which was awarded on Student Day, March 20, at the EOF Conference in Atlantic City. She was nominated by Mercer staff and students for her advocacy and support for the Education Opportunity Fund Program. In addition, five Mercer students received awards for academic achievement. They were Liliana Mercedes Barreto, Cristal Monique Bethea, Nicole Dean, Deborah Picott and Kishore Ramesh Udeshi. Dr. Khalida Haqq is the program director.

Students, Alumni, Staff Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity
MCCC students, alumni, staff and other commumity volunteers recently gave much of their time to help Habitat for Humanity. In addition to volunteering at a construction site, the group produced a public service announcement for the organization. Spearheaded by TV program alumni Jennifer Joyce and Chris Curto, and current student Andrew Froening, the spot is currently airing on MCTV-26 and WZBN.

Current students who participated on the project included Shauri Johnson, Jennifer Leigh, Alex Litvinov, Joshua Miller, Mike Povia, and Alex Rosolowsky. Alumni and former students were Greg Lavin, Mike Marazzo and Humberto Solis. MCCC staff members included Valarie Daniels, Kitty Getlik and her daughter Jessica and friend Kayla, and Kate Pinner.

The TV commercial can viewed here.

Click here for photos at the construction site.

Nurse Educators Thank Local Partners
Director of Nursing Education Linda Martin and members of the nursing faculty took time out for a "Nurse Educator's Tea" on April 10 at the Conference Center. They expressed their appreciation to their hospital partners. Invited guests represented area hospitals that provide clinical training for MCCC nursing students at every level.

Martin noted that 80 to 85% of MCCC nursing graduates seek employment at local hospitals. "They wouldn't do that if they didn't have such good clinical experiences." Added Nursing IV instructor Sue Minkel, "Our students consistently indicate that they are welcomed, supported and guided in the clinical setting by nurses who are patient and willing to share their knowledge."

In addition to doctors' offices and pediatric clinics, Mercer nursing students fulfill clinical rotations at Robert Wood Johnson at Hamilton, Princeton Medical Center (including Princeton House & Merwick Rehab), St. Francis Medical Center, Capital Health Systems (including both Mercer and Helene Fuld), Trenton Psychiatric, Centra State, Voorhees Pediatric, Virtua, Carrier Clinic, and Deborah Heart and Lung. Photos.

Mouthworks/Mud Pie Players to Perform at Lawrence Library
Kathy Paluscio's Oral Interpretation Class (now called the Mud Pie Players) will present a one-hour children's show at the Mercer County Library, Lawrence branch, on April 17 at 11 a.m. The show is called "Tall Tales About Grumpy People." About 90 pre-school children and their parents are expected. Rehearsal photo here.

MouthWorks to Perform May 5 and 6
Kathi Paluscio invites all staff and faculty to the MouthWorks Show on Saturday, May 5 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 6 at 6 p.m. in the Studio Theatre, next to Kelsey. It's free, and includes refreshments. She says "You Will Fall Out of Your Chair Laughing!" For more information write to paluscio@mccc.edu or call exy. 3454.

Kelsey Review Submissions Due May 1
Area writers and artists are invited to submit their work for possible publication in The Kelsey Review, a Mercer County literary magazine. The review accepts short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction essays, excerpts of novels, black and white line drawings (suitable for digital scanning), and cartoons.

According to Ed Carmien and Holly-Katharine Mathews, The Kelsey Review editors and members of MCCC's English faculty, the major requirements for inclusion are that the material be of high quality and that the writers or artists live or work in Mercer County, New Jersey. More here.

Don't Forget A Chocolate Affair
If you can get away tomorrow evening, consider "A Chocolate Affair." You'll enjoy wonderful chocolate treats prepared by MCCC's culinary students, who are now designing themed chocolate tortes representing a variety of college programs. A contest for "Favorite Torte" will result in the crowning of the collective "Best in Show."

Chocolate will also be flowing from a fountain complete with fruit, pretzels and cookies for dipping. More treats will be provided by area shops. The event takes place at the Conference Center from 6 to 9 .p.m. To sign up (at $22), call Barbara Behrens at ext. 3385.

Gallery Talk with the Artists
Mercer's Gallery was the site of a joyous regional arts event on March 27, when four women artists featured in "Color Theories" presented a gallery talk to an enthralled audience of area art lovers. Photos

Coming to Kelsey Theatre

April 14 - "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere"

April 20-29 - "Woyzeck"

April 28 - "The Three Pigs"

Click here for the March issue of the eNews, which includes a message from President Donohue.

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

Retirees to Meet April 19
MCCC's retirees will meet for lunch on Thursday, April 19 at 1 p.m., Sunny Gardens Restaurant. Call HelenMarie Dolton at 882-5086 by April 17.

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