E-Bulletin of April 2, 2009

Upcoming Events



Upcoming Events

Community College Month Activities
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Phi Theta Kappa to Induct 106 Tonight
On Thursday, April 2, the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society will be inducting 106 Mercer students. The one-hour ceremony will take place at Kelsey Theatre beginning at 7 p.m. Faculty member Karen Bearce says, "Please join us as we celebrate the academic success of these MCCC students. If you cannot make it to the ceremony, be sure to congratulate these Honors students as you see them in class or out and about on campus. " Click here for the list of inductees.


MCCC's College Voice Student Newspaper Earns Six State Awards
The College Voice, the student newspaper of MCCC, has earned six awards from the New Jersey Collegiate Press Foundation in its annual statewide competition judged by news professionals -- First Place for General Excellence for a two-year college and Second Place for Layout and Design, plus four individual awards. According to Voice advisor Holly-Katharine Mathews, MCCC associate professor of English, winning the award for overall excellence is "huge for us. We beat out some really well-established papers." Mathews notes that the awards reflect an incredible commitment on the part of her 18-member staff. More here.

Student David Hoyt Selected for Coca-Cola Scholarship
Honors Program student David Hoyt, who serves as managing editor of the student newspaper, The College Voice, has been selected as a 2009 Coca-Cola Scholarship national finalist, based on scores earned in the All-USA Academic Team competition. He will receive a $1,000 scholarship. David is a Liberal Arts and Sciences major with a 4.0 average. He also studies Japanese, Chinese and Arabic.

Success Story of the Month: Nursing Graduate Ernst Renondeau
"MCCC really opened my eyes to see what I can be," says Ernst Renondeau, a 2008 MCCC Nursing graduate now studying science at Rider University. A hard working student who came to the U.S. from Haiti in 2004, Ernst's goal is to become a surgeon or oncologist. While at Mercer he studied in t
he Biomedical Careers Program at UMDNJ during an intensive six-week summer academic enrichment program. Ernst serves as the current alumni representative on the MCCC Board of Trustees. Read the full story here.

Coach Charlie Inverso Featured in Web Article
There's a new article on the "Play Sports TV" website offering trips for soccer goalies, featuring MCCC Coach Charlie Inverso. Read it here.

Chanteuse Vanessa Daou Shares Life in Music Business
According to internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Vanessa Daou, it's not who you know; it's how good you are. "In the end it's the quality and intrinsic value of your work that matters," she told students in a Q&A session at MCCC's Studio Theatre March 27.

In a unique collaboration with choreographer and MCCC dance instructor Janell Byrne, the Mercer Dance Ensemble will perform to selections from Daou's new album, "Joe Sent Me," May 16-17. More here.

Speaker and Luncheon Conclude Women's History Month Events at Mercer
Jo Leonard, president of Jo Leonard, LLC "Partners in College and Career Navigation," spoke to women students from both campuses on March 30 about ways to proactively prepare for educational and career transitions. Her talk was part of the "Successful Women Luncheon" at The Conference Center, sponsored by the Student Government Association. More here with photos.

MCCC Business Practice Firm Students Trade in NYC
MCCC was represented by International Business Practice Firm students and faculty members Joan Jones and Jonathan Rowe at the annual Trade Fair in New York City. The students operate the simulated businesses called "BGone Travel" and "Switchin' Tempo." According to Jones, the students gained much experience in buying and selling with many of the hundreds of virtual firms from around the world.

Carmien Attends Battlestar Galactica Symposium at UN
English faculty member Ed Carmien was invited by NBC to a "Battlestar Galactica (BG) Retrospective" at the United Nations on March 17 in honor of the series' final episode March 20. Among a group of distinguished panelists were moderator Whoopi Goldberg, BG actors Mary McDonnell and Edward James Elmos, and two of the show's producers, Ronald D. Moore and David Eick. The event included four segments, each preceded by a relevant narrated BG clip. Among the topics were human rights, religious faith, children and armed conflict, terrorism, reconciliation and dialogue among civilizations.

A fantasy fiction writer and member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America and the Science Fiction Research Association, Carmien says the experience was extraordinary -- "part familiar from the convention circuit, but entirely new in the context of the UN speakers. Quite utopian." See Ed's photos here.

Softball Team Swinging Hard Mid-Season
With a mid-season record of 21-1, the MCCC women's softball team is off to a stellar start, including a seven-game winning streak at the Snowball Classic in Myrtle Beach, SC, March 16-21. The Vikings are now focused on games against tough Region 19 competitors including Del Tech Owens and Gloucester. "We're hitting a stretch where everyone needs to stay healthy. The next two weeks are going to tell the whole season," said Head Coach Ryan Zegarski. Yesterday, the team suffered its first defeat, a 5-2 loss to Burlington in the first game of what was supposed to be a doubleheader. (The second game was rained out.) With the game tied 2-2 at the top of the sixth inning, a Burlington player hit a home run that brought in three runs. "They had just one more big hit than us," Zegarski said. The Vikings play two home games next week: an April 6 doubleheader against Salem and an April 8 doubleheader against Raritan.

With a record of 14-7, the men's baseball team is also having a solid season. For a complete schedule and game results for both softball and baseball, visit www.mccc.edu/sports.

Joan Jones of Aviation Faculty Speaks to First Graders
Faculty member Joan Jones gave presentations to four classes of approximately 100 first-grade students as part of the Jaggard Elementary School Science Fair in Evesham Township recently. MCCC aerodynamic students constructed props to use with the children, including simple helicopters, and the first graders became "test pilots."

Joan Goldstein Part of Community Events
Adjunct faculty member in sociology, Dr. Joan Goldstein, will have her letter to The New York Times Magazine published on Sunday, April 5. She will also continue her "Talking Politics" book series at the Princeton Public Library on Wednesday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m., in the second floor conference room with Paul Krugman's "Depression Economics: The Crisis of 08" as the book for discussion. As a published author of books on the environment, Goldstein will also participate in Earth Day activities at Whole Foods Market on US 1 on Saturday, April 18, 11 - 3 p.m.

Mercer in the News Online

The Times:
3-30-08 Program Addresses Suicide Rate Among Cops

3-29-09: MCCC Student Named Guistwhite Scholar

3-26-09: MCCC Displays Winning Artwork

3-29-09 MCCC Presents Angels

Pennington Post:
3-25-09: Students/Parents Invited to Explore Mercer at Open House

What's Coming to Kelsey Theatre

Apr. 17-26: MCCC Theatre Students to Present "Angels in America, Part I"

April 25: "The Frog Prince" Seeks His Princess

May 1-10: Disney's "High School Musical"


Current Position Openings at MCCC
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