E-Bulletin of April 23, 2008

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Visual Arts Student Show Opens Tonight
Gallery Director Tricia Fagan says please come CELEBRATE the rich imagination and astonishing talent of Mercer's visual arts students at the Opening Reception tonight, April 23, 5 - 7:30 p.m. More than 170 paintings, photographs, found-object chairs, drawings, prints, sculptures, ceramics and more will fill the Gallery. The exhibit will continue through May 14.

ALSO…on the same night, for one night only… The 4th Annual Garden State Project "ReMix!" -- an "outside of the box" collaboration between Fine Arts students and faculty takes place (in and outside of) The Gallery on the 2nd floor of the Communications building.

50+ Outstanding Students Honored by Board of Trustees
In commemoration of Community College Month, more than 50 students were presented with certificates for outstanding achievement at the April 17 meeting of the MCCC Board of Trustees. Click here for sample photos. If anyone would like a copy of their photo via e-mail, please send a request to Nancy Sobala at sobalan@mccc.edu.

College Open House Draws a Crowd
About 200 future students and their parents came out to learn about MCCC on April 9, when the college hosted its annual Open House. Photos here.

Dates Set for Jazz Band and Chorus Spring Concerts
Mercer's Jazz Band will present its spring concert on Wed., May 7 at 8 p.m. Directed by Professor James Kelly, talented students will present a varied and exciting program. The repertoire will include such jazz classics "How High the Moon" and "Summertime," as well as the Latin tinged "Salsa Vibes" and the Sonny Rollins classic, "Perk-up House." All selections will feature standout improvisations. The students will perform in small groups as well as with the full band.

MCCC's Chorus will perform on Tues., May 13 at 7:30 p.m. Directed by Marjorie Herman, the program will feature a performance of the Requiem by Gabriel Faure. Soloists include Alyssa Manzella, David Walter, and Jamel Taylor. Also on the program will be madrigals and folk songs celebrating spring. Herman says, "This group has worked very diligently to learn the Faure Requiem. The students have also researched the composer and his music as part of their preparation and so that their rendering of the work will be informed as well as beautiful."

Both concerts are free and open to the public. For more information call ext. 3735.

Phi Theta Kappa Students/Advisors Attend Convention in Philadelphia
On April 1 four students, along with co-advisors Jennifer Nuechterlein and Karen Bearce, attended the 90th Annual International Convention of Phi Theta Kappa in Philadelphia. Throughout the five-day event, the students were exposed to Phi Theta Kappa's hallmarks -- scholarship, service, leadership, and fellowship -- through hands-on educational forums, round table discussions, and general sessions with over 3,800 other Kappans from around the world.
More here with photos.

Swirl Fest Highlights Student/Staff Talent
The Communications program orchestrated a delightful and informative public speaking event on April 21. The Spring Swirl Fest gave students an opportunity to practice their newly-learned speaking skills in front of an appreciative audience. Their topics included fishing, Down Syndrome, bad breath, statistics, stereotyping and much more. A talk by two young women very audibly demonstrated the techniques of "vocal variety" -- pitch, speed, volume and loudness.

And did anyone get put on the spot? Just five MCCC administrative staff members, who were asked to give impromptu speeches on unrehearsed topics. This speaking feat was accomplished with amazing dexterity by Terrence Carter (ice cream), Judy Ehresman (sarcasm), Kitty Getlik (graffiti), Barry Levy (football) and John Simone (how to lose 20 pounds in 20 days).

Click here to learn how to lost 20 pounds. Click here for photos.

CTI Students Learn Interviewing/Suiting up for Success
James Kerney Campus Career Training Institute students learned interviewing skills from facilitators who visited the campus April 18, and enjoyed a fashion show focused on dressing for job interviews.
The event for both male and female students was sponsored by The Links, Inc. and the Central NJ Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Inc, Delta Epsilon Chapter. Students broke into groups to discuss interviewing skills with mentors from the sponsoring organizations, who also donated clothing for the students to use when they go on job interviews. Photos here show mentors, students and staff members.

Sign Up! There's Plenty Cookin' at MCCC's Culinary Center
The MCCC Culinary Center invites all to clean off the grill and get ready for summer entertaining. Taught by some of the region's top chefs, Mercer's non-credit culinary classes feature specialty cuisines from the around the world with an emphasis on seasonal menus. Classes begin in May and continue through August 9 and are offered evenings and weekends. (Participants who register for a series receive a discount.) More here.

Abundant Enrichment Classes this Spring/Summer
Anyone who has yearned to take short-term courses to gain new skills or for sheer enjoyment will be drawn to a broad, eclectic range of noncredit offerings this spring and summer. Learn a new language, try a fine arts or gardening class, or gain more financial knowledge. Details here.

Free Weekend African Violet Show and Sale
The Garden State African Violet Club (GSAVC) is pleased to present its 57th Annual Show and Sale, "Signs of the Times", at the MCCC Student Center on Saturday, May 3 from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All are welcome and admission is FREE.

For more information about the GSAVC, its meeting schedule, tips on growing African Violets, and to view pictures from past shows, visit the website here. If you would like to enter your African Violet plant in the "Non-member" category, please contact the club before May 1 at GSAVC@comcast.net. More information here.

"Thank You" From Donna Richardson Hall
"I want to thank everyone for the many cards and condolences that I received after the unexpected passing of my father. The fruit basket that was sent to my home from my JKC family was beautiful! There are no words to adequately express the amount of comfort that came from knowing that I was kept in your thoughts and prayers during my absence. May God richly reward you for your thoughtfulness!"............. Donna

Famed Prof. at MCCC
Irving Louis Horowitz presented a lecure on April 17, 2008 entitledGenocide: 21st Century Variations on the Theme of Genocide, which developed themes from his earlier work, Taking Lives: Genocide and State Power, 5th edition. The lecture was presented by the Mercer County Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center. Photo here.

Rhododendron Society Sale April 26
The American Rhododendron Society's Princeton Chapter will hold its annual Plant Sale on Saturday, April 26th from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at MCCC's West Windsor Campus near the gazebos. Proceeds from the sale support scholarships for MCCC Horticulture Students.

Great Adventure/Hurricand 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 22, 2008: Future Rests on a Wing and a Prayer (MCCC's Aviation Program)

The TImes, April 20, 2008: Looking for Love at 70 (Great story about a "mature" member of MCCC's tennis team)

The Times, April 20, 2008: All About Winning at MCCC

Coming Soon to Kelsey Theatre

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
Click here for all past issues of eNews@MCCC. This newsletter is designed for and e-mailed to external constituents, including alumni, trustees, foundation and advisory board members, and other friends of the college. Please help us build our lists. To have someone added, send advisory board and friends' names and e-mail addresses to zarrillr@mccc.edu. Send alumni names and e-mail addresses to humphrew@mccc.edu.

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

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

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" Free Food, Fun, Games! 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 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 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.

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.

Open House for Adults in Transition May 7
Both credit and noncredit representatives will welcome adults seeking to learn more about MCCC's programs. More here.

Friday Forums, May 16 and 23
A new program that offers intellectually stimulating topics is introduced by the Center for Continuing Studies. More here.

DREAM Program Fundraiser May 16
MCCC will host an "Island Dreams Mystery Theater Night" to benefit its DREAM program for young adults with intellectual disabilities. The event takes place Friday, May 16 from 7 to 11 p.m. Guests will enjoy dinner featuring Hawaiian specialties at the Conference Center at Mercer. More here.

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 wishing 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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