E-Bulletin of April 29, 2010

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Don Davis and Alum Ernst Renondeau to Receive Awards
Monica Weaver says two of Mercer's own will be receiving awards from the Association for Equality and Excellence in Education, Inc. (AEEE) at its conference in Puerto Rico. Mercer’s Youth College Director, Donald Davis, will receive the Felicita Rodriguez Torres Award of Excellence, and alumnus Ernst Renondeau, now at Rider University, will receive the Dr. Donald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Award.


JazzOn2 to Broadcast High School Jazz Competition May 1
JazzOn2 and the Cathedral Arts Series of Trinity Cathedral will host the first annual "Battle of the Bands," featuring Robbinsville High School and Trenton Central High School, on Saturday, May 1 at 4 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 801 West State Street in Trenton. During intermission the band directors, Birch Wilson of Robbinsville and Joe Picciatti of Trenton, will be interviewed.

The Cathedral Arts Series at Trinity provides a center for the performing arts in Mercer County, drawing artists from the region, nation and world. Its expanded programming includes world music, silent movie music, and the spoken word.

JazzOn2 will broadcast the concert live on WWFM 89.1 HD2, Trenton-Princeton, WWCJ 89.1 HD2, Cape May, and on its website: http://www.jazzon2.org/. For further information call JazzOn2 at (609) 587-8989 or Trinity Cathedral at (609) 392-3805.

Coming Event Reminders (previously announced)

Now Through May 13: Visual Art Student Show, with an Opening Reception April 29 at The Gallery, 5 - 7:30 p.m. More here.

May 1: Aviation Program Flight Fair, Trenton-Mercer Airport, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More here.

May 1 and 2: African Violet Show hosted by MCCC's Horticulture Program, Student Center, Faculty/Staff Dining Room. May 1 noon to 6 p.m.; May 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Flyer here.
Contact Amy Iseneker at ext. 3372 or e-mail isenekea@mccc.edu.

May 5: William Paterson Univ. Open House "Earn Your Bachelor's Degree on the MCCC Campus," 6 to 8 p.m at the MCCC Student Center, Room 104. Contact AnnaKay Thomas at ext.3358 or e-mail thomasa20@wpunj.edu.

May 10: The Communication Program's Mud Pie Players will present a show for children ages 2-5 at the Lawrenceville Library at 11 a.m. The event is part of the service learning component of the "Oral Interpretation of Literature" class.

May 18: The MCCC Chorus will perform “Spring Is in The Air” at 7:30 p.m. at Kelsey Theatre. Pamela Sharples directs the diverse Chorus.More here with photos.

May 19: The MCCC Jazz Band, directed by Professor James Kelly, will present a varied and exciting Spring Concert at 8 p.m. More here with photos.

May 20: Commencement 5:30 p.m.; Honors Convocation at Kelsey Theatre 3 p.m.


Comeback Complete for MCCC Alum Dave Angebranndt
When baseball player Dave Angebranndt hit a double to left center that knocked in a run for the University of Delaware against Towson University on Apr. 18, you might just think he was doing his job. But for this catcher, it was the completion of a hard-fought comeback.

On January 12, 2009, as he headed for pre-season practice at Mercer, he was in a serious car accident. His left arm took the brunt of his injuries, and his surgeon said it was unlikely that he would play baseball again, but Angebranndt set out to prove him wrong. More here.

Tennis Team Heads to Nationals; Ranked Third in Country
The men’s tennis team is hoping to achieve great things at the National Junior College Athletic Association’s national tournament, to be held in Plano, TX, May 10-14. According to Coach Marc Vecchiolla, his players are “hungry and want to make their mark.” The Vikings finished the regular season with a record of 10-2.

In the Region 19 tournament, held at the Mercer County Tennis Center April 23-24, the Vikings finished second with 16 points after Gloucester CC with 20 points. Brookdale finished third with 11 points. Mercer’s winners included Jason Bielski at no. 2 singles; Matt Pierson and Jason Bielski at no. 1 doubles; and Juan Ramirez and Matt Romano at no. 3 doubles. Numerous matches went to third sets and tie-breakers. While Vecchiolla considers this team to be one of Mercer’s strongest ever, he notes that the competition in the region has never been better. In current ITA rankings, three of the top four teams in the country are from Region 19: Gloucester in second place, Mercer in third place, and Brookdale in fourth. A team from Oxford, GA, is ranked first. See photos here.


Friends Rally to Support MCCC Scholarship Dinner Dance
A good time was had by all, and scholarship dollars were raised, when MCCC's Foundation Board hosted its major fundraiser of the year on April 24 at the Hyatt Regency. In addition to special guest honorees, the event spotlighted student scholarship recipients, including Sidney Hagans, who was interviewed on-camera for the event video, and also spoke briefly. Many students attended the event using tickets donated by sponsors.

Staff, faculty and volunteers who served on the Dinner Dance Committee worked for months to help make the event a success. Coordinators were Jeremy Parry and Art Cianfano, under the leadership of Vice President Mellissia Zanjani. The arts faculty coordinated the silent auction, and Valarie Daniels produced the event video. Read about Hagans and other scholarship recipients here.

More photos here.

Science Faculty Visits Dutch Neck School for Science Day
MCCC faculty members joined with participants from Princeton, Rider and Kean universities for the third annual Science Day at Dutch Neck Elementary School on April 16. More than 700 children from kindergarten through third grade enjoyed the full-day event. Presenting biology experiments were Diane Hilker, Linda Falkow and Ron Smith. Chemistry topics were presented by Laura Blinderman, MaryAnn Norcross and Helen Tanzini.Other presenters included Verizon, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Audobon Society/Plainsboro Preserve. See photos here.


MCCC Celebrates Administrative Professionals Day
A great time was had by all as MCCC celebrated Administrative Professionals Day April 21 with an abundance of activities and great lunch at the Conference Center. Chair massages, manicures, arts and crafts were all on tap, organized by MCCC's Human Resources staff.
Photos here.

Outstanding Students Recognized at April Board Meeting
In recognition of Community College Month, MCCC's Board of Trustees recognized outstanding students at the April 22 meeting. Student accomplishments ranged from high academic achievement to excelling in sports and giving their time to help their community, fellow students and the college. Sixty-six students were identified by faculty and staff for this honor. Photos here.

Earth Day Festivities and Education at Both Campuses
The college celebrated Earth Week with a number of big events at the West Windsor and James Kerney campuses. On April 21, distinguished lecturer Martin Johnson, the founder and president of Isles, Inc., discussed environmentalism in an urban context, pointing to Isles’ mission to create sustainable, self-reliant communities through sound development and redevelopment and the creation of green spaces for community gardening. “There is a level of urgency,” he told a packed auditorium. “The science is much clearer now.”

On April 22, both campuses continued the observance with eco-themed fairs to increase awareness of sustainability issues and the emerging green economy. Other activities included a campus clean-up and paper reduction contest. See photos on Facebook here.

CTD Teaches Survival Spanish
The Center for Training and Development recently offered employees of Catholic Charities a course on Survival Spanish, offered through a grant from the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Taught by Monica Pataki, the course targeted those with little or no experience speaking Spanish, and focused on developing basic conversational skills.

According to Pataki, on the last day of the course, attendees were asked to bring in a covered dish and describe it in Spanish. Human Resources Specialist Maureen Jennings described popcorn, which in Spanish is palomitas de maíz -- an idiom that literally translates to “exploding pigeon!” The last day also included entertainment by Roy Cox (stage name BluesboyRoy), who played the guitar and sang.

Alumni Success Story: 2006 Graduate William Blake Semon
With a mother and sister who graduated from MCCC, William Blake Semon seemed destined to join their ranks. The 2006 graduate received an academic scholarship to attend Fairleigh Dickinson University for an accelerated five-year B.A./M.A. program. Today he is part of an intensive residential team that provides transitional support to individuals who are discharged from state psychiatric hospitals. Read more here.

Thomas N. Wilfrid to Receive Honorary Doctor of Law Degree from Rider University
On May 12, at Rider University's Graduate and College of Continuing Studies ceremony, former long-time Vice President of Academic Affairs Thomas N. Wilfrid will be presented with an honorary Doctor of Law degree. Dr. Wilfrid has served as executive director of the Princeton-based Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation since January 2008. He taught and served in administrative positions at Mercer for 38 years. More here at the Rider website.


Mercer in the News Online

The Times:
Snake Eyes

Mercer Hosts Twin Fairs at Two Campuses

MCCC to Offer Courses in Fashion Design/Interior Design

Broadway World
Click Clack Moo at Kelsey Theatre

What's Coming to Kelsey Theatre

April 23 - May 2: "Annie"

May 7-16: My Fair Lady

May 22: Click, Clack, Moo

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