E-Bulletin of April 19, 2007

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Visual Arts Student Show Opens April 23
Mercer's annual student art show will be at The Gallery April 23 through May 11. An opening reception takes place Wednesday, April 25 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at The Gallery. More here.

Take an Airplane Ride April 28
Mercer's Aviation faculty will offer small-plane rides on Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Trenton-Mercer Airport. The rain date is Sunday, April 29. The cost is 20 cents per pound (weights are kept secret), with a minimum charge of $8 and a maximum of $22 per person. More here.

Open House Draws a Crowd
A large number of parents and high schoolers came out on April 11 to learn about Mercer's programs and services. Staff and faculty outdid themselves with colorful and animated displays. Photos here.

DREAM Program Welcomes Southern Visitors
Mercer's grant-funded DREAM program for students with intellectual disabilities welcomed visitors from North and South Carolina on April 12. The educators, administrators and parents wanted to learn how to implement such a program in their communities. Adjunct faculty member Joan Goldstein read a poem written by one of the DREAM students. Photos here.

A Chocolate Affair Proves Sweet
Close to 100 guests attended "A Chocolate Affair" on April 12 to celebrate the Physical Therapist Assistant Program's tenth anniversary and raise funds for student scholarships. The event also showcased the talents of MCCC's culinary students, who baked twenty chocolate mousse tortes topped with chocolate glaze - ten of which were specially decorated in honor of the event's generous donors. More here.

Photos here.

Coach Wolski Honored by Steinert High
MCCC baseball coach Matt Wolski will be honored by Steinert High School and inducted into their Athletic Hall of Fame at a dinner on April 21 for his achievements in baseball and soccer. Trentonian story here.

"Mud Pie Players" Receive Accolades
Kathy Paluscio's Oral Interpretation class performed for children at Lawrence Library on April 17, drawing about 100 children and parents. This wonderful community outreach activity received accolades:

Dear Kathi,
I wish to thank you and your students for the wonderful program you presented here at our library yesterday. Their performance of “Tall Tales for Grumpy People” was enjoyed by the public, the preschool we invited and the adults. All of the students conveyed such a sense of energy and enthusiasm in their parts and the three stories chosen were exactly perfect for the preschool age level that attended. It was evident that you put a lot of time into creating the scripts, props and costumes for this event. The show was funny, upbeat, creative, and much more! On behalf of the youth staff here at Lawrence, thank you again to everyone for a job well done.

Laura Gruninger, Youth Services, Lawrence Headquarters, Mercer County Library System

Minister from Sri Lanka Visits MCCC
The Secretary of the Ministry of Education in Sri Lanka, Ariyaratne Hewage, and his wife, visited MCCC in order to learn more about community colleges, which are not part of the Sri Lankan educational system. During their visit the couple stopped at the Business Practice Firm, where, according to faculty member Joan Jones, students had researched appropriate greetings in Sri Lankan and learned about the country. They also put together a travel brochure to present to Mr. Hewage as part of their simulated travel agency,"B-Gone Travel." At a luncheon prepared by Hospitality Club students, the practice firm students shared information about their backgrounds, reasons for coming to Mercer, and planned career paths. "I was proud of the way in which they articulated this information," Jones said.

Mr. Hewage said higher education is free in Sri Lanka, but only 15% of Sri Lankan students qualify to enter the universities. The community college concept will provide more opportunities for students who don't achieve the very high standards required to enter higher education. Mrs. Hewage said Sri Lanka has an 88-90% literacy rate and math and science are stressed in the schools. Photos here.

Mercer in the News Online

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Coming to Kelsey Theatre

April 20-29 - "Woyzeck"

Click here to see Jody Person's YouTube video on Woyzeck

"April 28 - "The Three Pigs"

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