E-Bulletin of April 16, 2008

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NJ Council of County Colleges Requests Support
A request from the NJ Council of County Colleges states the following:
"Governor Corzine’s proposed FY2009 State Budget places a family income limit of $100,000 for the New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Rewards Scholarship (NJSTARS) program and NJSTARS II. If adopted by the legislature, this proposal means that if a family's total income exceeds $100,000, they will no longer be considered eligible for NJSTARS (and our initial analysis shows almost half of our NJSTARS students would be impacted). We are requesting that you join our legislative efforts to stop this proposal."

The NJCCC has made it easy to send either a letter or e-mail to the legislator of your district. The website also includes a place to comment about the FY 2009 budget. Click on their special web page here. Enter your name, address, e-mail and phone number and a pre-worded document will be formatted with your legislator’s name and address as well as your own. You can personalize the letter should you wish to add or change anything.

Rush Holt and College Presidents Convene at MCCC
Mercer County's college presidents or their representatives met with Congressman Rush Holt at MCCC's Conference Center on April 11. The meeting's goal was to have an interactive conversation about New Jersey's future economic development, and the role of both Mercer County's colleges and Einstein's Alley. Congressman Holt, who is the honorary chair of Einstein's Alley, shared some of the organization's history and organizing ideas. Click here for an overview of the Einstein's Alley initiative. Click here for photos.

Dream Program to Host Hawaiian Dreams Fundraiser
MCCC's DREAM program, which offers a college experience to young adults with intellectual disabilities, will host "Island Dreams Mystery Theater Night" to benefit the program. The event takes place Friday, May 16 from 7 to 11 p.m., and will feature dinner with Hawaiian specialties and an interactive theatrical performance at MCCC's Conference Center. More here.

New! Friday Forums Offer "Intellectual Stimulus" May 16 and 23
MCCC's Center for Continuing Studies will present two one-day forums for an audience ready to be stimulated by a discourse on politics, economics, the arts, finance, wellness and more. Presented by noted local experts, the "Friday Forums" will be held May 16 and 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Conference Center. More here.

MCCC Security Bike Patrol to Start in May
Staff and students can expect to see security officers in black and yellow jackets and yellow jerseys cycling around the campus starting in early May. Following a full-day training session by a representative from the League of American Bicyclists on April 3, 11 MCCC officers are ready to do their rounds on campus via bicycle. For details and photos of the training session, click here.

TV Students Win Kean College Award
A documentary produced by MCCC Television students Nick Donnoli and Sam Kanig has been selected as a winner in the Purple Violet Film Festival at Kean University. The documentary chronicles the services that Mercer Street Friends provides to the people of Mercer County. According to Kean's Elizabeth Coen, the film will be screened with all of the winning entries on April 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the University Center's Little Theatre on the Kean University campus. Details are available at their website here.

Teens Learn From MCCC's Radio Program
Radio Program Coordinator Mitch Canter reports that on April 9, the Radio program and WWFM hosted six students from the Trenton Youth Communications Partnership program. Students from Trenton Central High School put on headphones and got in front of the mic to record commercials, introduce songs in true on-air fashion, and take part in an interview with Mercer students. They also took part in recording, broadcasting and editing techniques in the Radio program studio labs and the WWFM studios. "Thanks to Mercer students Jackie Foreman, Andrew Morabito, Matt Mosner and Kyle Miholics for volunteering their time to work with these bright young women," Canter said. Photos here.

PTK Inducts 114 Students
MCCC's "five star" Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society chapter inducted 114 new members at a ceremony on April 8. Congratulating the members and offering inspirational words were President Patricia Donohue, Executive Dean Diane Campbell, Faculty Advisor Karen Bearce, Staff Advisors Jennifer Nuechterlein and Helene Plank, Chapter President Lynn Rowlands and President Elect Ronald Russell.

Rowlands spoke about the variety of community service activities of the chapter, including collecting 75 pounds of soda tabs for the Ronald McDonald House and textbooks for Better World Books to benefit the National Center for Family Literacy. The chapter also has donated personal grooming items and silverware to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, given Halloween costumes to Home Front, and participated in WWFM's pledge drives.

The chapter does fundraising for scholarships and hosts fellowship and scholarship events including luncheons with an intercultural theme, guest speakers and field trips. Photos here.

President Donohue to Serve on ACE Commission
President Donohue has been invited to serve as a member of the American Council on Education's Commission on Effective Leadership. The commission provides guidance for the ongoing development of the center's programs and directs new initiatives to foster institutional effectiveness. It also serves as a forum for member presidents to explore issues and share insights.

Retired Tennis Coach Stan Dlugosz Inducted into Hall of Fame
Stan Dlugosz, who retired from a 35-year career as head coach for Mercer men's tennis in 2007, was recently inducted into the Mercer County Tennis Hall of Fame. He joins 18 other honorees who have been inducted since 1992.

Dlugosz established the men's program at Mercer, taking the team to the nationals 25 times. The Vikings' best showing came in 2006, when they placed third; the 2007 squad placed eighth. He continues to serve as an assistant to successor Marc Vecchiolla, who also coaches MCCC's women's tennis team. A civil engineering professor at Mercer from 1962-2000, Dlugosz continues to teach as a member of the adjunct faculty.

ETS Hosting Teacher Leadership Forum
Educational Testing Service (ETS) will host a forum on Teacher Leadership at its Princeton campus on May 7 from 9 to 11 a.m. The forum will provide an opportunity for teacher candidates, administrators, practicing teachers and faculty who prepare teachers, to learn from distinguished educators from across the country. The panel will specifically address teacher leadership and its evolving role within the profession. Panelists include state teachers of the year from several states, and the 2007 National Teacher of the Year, Andrea Peterson. The event is open to the public and takes place on the ETS campus, Conant Hall, Lounge C. Space is limited. To register, visit www.ets.org/tq/2008forum.

"Through Our Eyes" Actors Perform at United Nations
On March 12, actors performed scenes from "Through Our Eyes," at the United Nations in New York. The show, which premiered at Kelsey Theatre two years ago, will be back at Kelsey Theatre in September to start off the 2008-2009 season.

"Through Our Eyes" was presented by ClubArtsOn Stage, Allies Inc./Club Special’s performing arts program in Hamilton. The play features an ensemble of actors of all abilities in an original musical spotlighting special needs individuals, showing the world through their eyes.

Kitty Getlik said response was great, as you can see in a quote from George Anthony of the Seasons For Non-Violence Conference Task Force. "Your group (entourage) brought the human element of love, family and faith to our United Nations. The music, the words and the passion behind the performance reminds us how beautiful the human spirit can be. This is what you bring when 'Through Our Eyes' is heard. Thank you for making yesterday one the most memorable conferences ever! Wishing you peace always.”

Great Adventure/Hurricane Harbor Tickets Available
Camp College has tickets for sale for Great Adventure ($30) and Hurricane Harbor ($27). For more information contact Trish Venanzi at ext. 3291 or e-mail venanzip@mccc.edu.

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

Mercer in the News Online

The Times, April 12, 2008: MCCC kicks off Friday Forums with local experts

The Times, April 1, 2008: Economic Unease Topic of Summit Discussion

Coming Soon to Kelsey Theatre

April 19 -- Dr. Dolittle

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

May 2-11 -- Three Penny Opera

May 3 -- Sleeping Beauty

May 10 -- Madeline

The April 10 Issue of eNews@MCCC
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Sports Update
Get an update on the progress of our sports teams here.

Featured Upcoming Events (For the full College Calendar click here)

Pre-Order Bake Sale
The Hospitality Club is having a pre-order Bake Sale: Four Brownies $5; Four Red Velvet Cupcakes $5; Twelve Chocolate Chip Cookies $5. Order before April 25 and pick up on May 2, 12 - 4 p.m. in ES 111. To order call Amanda at 609-647-5539. Flyer here.

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.

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.

Thursday, May 1 – SPRING DAY
" Mercer Gladiators" -- with free food, fun and games, takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the quad.

MouthWorks Comedy Show -- "For No Reason" May 3
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 admission 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.

SGA Book Fair May 6
The Student Government Association will host a Book Fair to sell quality books and gifts, up to 80% off, on May 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Student Center.

Women/Minority-Owned Business Conference May 17
"Doing Business with Mercer County Community College" is a special workshop designed for women and minority-owned businesses who wish to learn how to contract with the college. It takes place on Saturday, May 17, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the college's Conference Center. Register by May 9 by calling 609-570-3311. There is no charge. More here.

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