E-Bulletin of April 30, 2008
for College Assembly
College Assembly Chair Helen Tanzini is asking for interesting college
or personal photos from faculty and staff to share at the May 19 Assembly.
Highlights of your year are welcome. Please send digital photos firstname.lastname@example.org
by Wednesday, May 14.
School Students Applauded for Literary/Art Work at Aspirations Ceremony
Some of Mercer County's most inspired and creative high school students
gathered at Kelsey Theatre on April 22. With family members looking on,
they were recognized for inclusion of their work in the 2008 edition of
Aspirations, an annual literary and art journal published by the college.
Associate English Professor Bettina Caluori served as Aspirations editor.
A highlight of the event were performances by 14 MCCC Theatre students
who read selected poems aloud and interpreted them in evocative ways through
movement. The MCCC Jazz Band provided musical interludes, while students
from the Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management Program prepared
hors d'oeuvres and desserts for the guests.
Photos and more here.
Well-Represented at Princeton's Communiversity Day
Beverly Richardson reports that Mercer's first-ever participation in Communiversity
Day, an annual Princeton Street Fair held this year on April 26, was a
great success. The Mercer table was the scene of much activity, with volunteers
fielding a wide range of questions and distributing 250 informational
packs and over 300 MCCC balloons.
WWFM had an adjacent spot where program hosts were broadcasting
live. On-air hosts included Alice Weiss, Dave Osenberg, Carl Hemmingsen,
and Rachel Katz. General Manager Peter Fretwell was there to meet and
greet. Visitors received free Member Magazines, CDs, pencils and station
magnets. Several visitors even became supporting members.
MCCC Theatre and Entertainment
Tech students were also in the limelight. Yiraldi Reyes, Dan Lownie and
Alysia Toscano took home first prize in the Shakespeare in the Square
competition in Palmer Square. For event photos, click here.
Program Hosts D.C. Committee
Mercer's DREAM program welcomed three members of the President's Committee
for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) on April 23. The committee
is seeking to learn more about the college's innovative DREAM program
for students with cognitive disabilities. They planned to report their
finding to their full committee meeting in Washington the next day.
Now in its second
successful year, Mercer's program has attracted attention from educators
in several other states, and from the media, including the New York Times.
A reporter from the Trenton Times was here to cover the event. Click here
for The Trenton TImes story.
Prepare Feast for Adjunct Faculty Appreciation Dinner
Eighty students in Mercer's hospitality programs prepared a fabulous dinner
to thank and honor the members of the college's adjunct faculty on April
23. The menu included Beef Wellington, balsamic glazed pork tenderloin,
stuffed shrimp with crabmeat, rigatoni primavera, Asian chicken thighs
and more. A dessert table wowed guests with beautifully decorated cakes
and other sweet treats. Participating classes were Food Preparation II,
Baking I, II and III, and Garde Manager. Faculty and staff members who
participated in the event included Frank Benowitz, Rita Bohlumbohm, Bill
Conrad, Chris DePagnier, Doug Fee, Amy Iseneker, and Anne Lumberger. Photos
Photos to be Featured in Brooklyn Gallery
The work of Michael Dalton, MCCC's coordinator of Photography, will be
part of the exhibit "BRIDGE as iCON" at the TABLA RASA GALLERY
in Brooklyn from May 22 to July 26. An artists reception is set for Sunday,
May 25, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Details and image here.
Receives Certificate in Advanced Leadership
On April 23 Dr. Diane Campbell received her Certificate in Advanced Leadership
from the Chair Academy Worldwide Leadership Program for Post-Secondary
Leaders. Forty-eight leaders from the USA and Canada, and a participant
from Qatar gathered at Florida Community College at Jacksonville, Florida
last October and again in April. The program was an intense assessment
and examination of thematic leadership strengths and their application
to the two- year and four-year colleges represented. Measurement of leadership
growth will continue through the end of the academic year. Photo of the
Lab Tech Student Wins Scholarship
Sehnaz Ereken, a student in the Medical Laboratory Technology Program,
was awarded a $500 scholarship from the New Jersey chapter of the American
Society of Clinical Laboratory Science. This scholarship was presented
to Sehnaz on April 10 at the group's annual Spring Seminar. This is a
state-wide competition for students enrolled in clinical laboratory science
programs. The criteria for selection is based on academic performance,
professional attributes of leadership and clinical skill competency.
Student Chosen as Conserve Wildlife NJ Aquila Intern
John Braun, a Biology major, was selected as the first Conserve Wildlife
NJ Aquila Intern. John will work full time this summer monitoring bird
nesting sites at the shore, banding birds on the Delaware Bay, doing GIS
mapping, studying bats, eagles, and other wildlife, and engaging with
environmental advocacy campaigns. John will maintain a blog of his experiences
and present his work to the Conserve Wildlife Board of Directors and to
MCCC community in our Honors Research Symposium this fall.
According to Laura Blinderman, "John's background was key in his
selection; he has a deep love for nature, owned an organic farm, excelled
in Mercer's horticulture and biology courses, and has an enthusiasm that
the director of Conserve Wildlife, Margaret O'Gorman, felt would be synergistic
with Conserve Wildlife staff biologists. The Aquila internship, which
is a paid position funded by a generous donation, was offered to one Mercer
student and we are thrilled that John Braun was selected." The selection
committee was composed of Diane Hilker, Ron Smith, Laura Blinderman, and
SAB-Hosted Raptor Project Comes to MCCC
A very special educational event, the Jonathan Wood Raptor Project, entertained
a large audience at MCCC's Student Center on April 23. A large group of
enthralled students, staff and faculty members watched Mr. Wood and his
trained wild raptors, and learned how the birds survive in the wild. Mr.
Wood's birds are not able to live in the wild because they have been injured
in some way. He travels the country to educate the public, and is sponsored
by Nikon. Photos here.
Show Opens at The Gallery -- Runs Through May 14
A large turnout at The Gallery on April 23 opened the 2008 Visual Arts
Student Show. Don't miss the more than 170 paintings, photographs, found-object
chairs, drawings, prints, sculptures, ceramics and more. Photos here.
Collaborate on Garden State Project
MCCC's Fourth Annual Garden State Project was on display on April 23 outside
The Gallery. Called "ReMix!" the show is an "outside of
the box" collaboration between Fine Arts students and faculty. The
work is completed outside of the classroom. Photos here.
Professionals Celebrate at Conference Center
professionals were out of the office on April 23, as they headed for the
MCCC Conference Center for a Administrative Professionals Day event that
acknowledged their special contributions to the college. Among the activities
scheduled by the Human Resources Department and its committee was a class
with artist Susan Hogan, who creates vivid fantasy portraits using found
objects and materials from nature. She calls her pieces "art that
speaks to women" and deemed her creative process "very therapeutic."
Down the hall, chiropractor Ed Feldman taught employees a relaxation technique
known as the Feldenkrais Method. In another conference room, Linda Richter
led a packed session on "Clutter Clearing" to help participants
create more space in their home and work environments. Photographer Mike
Dill led a session on digital cameras, while Ruth Golash taught a workshop
on weight management based on a holistic approach known as "PiGu."
A show by magician Eric Dasher completed the morning sessions.
treated to a beautiful lunch prepared by the Conference Center staff.
For photos of the day's activities, click here.
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 email@example.com.
Position Openings at MCCC
Click here for the
list of job openings on campus.
in the News Online
Times, April 28, 2008, Supporters for Program for Disabled Students Hope
to Keep the Dream Alive (About MCCC's DREAM program)
Times, April 14, 2008 Volunteers Honored for Making a Difference
Post, April 3, 2008: MCCC Spreads the Word to Adults Entering College
Soon to Kelsey Theatre
2-11 -- Three Penny Opera
3 -- Sleeping Beauty
10 -- Madeline
17-18: -- Mercer Dance Ensemble Undercover
April 10 Issue of eNews@MCCC
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Upcoming Events (For the full College Calendar click here)
May 1 SPRING DAY
" Mercer Gladiators" Free Food, Fun, Games! 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
Comedy Show -- "For No Reason" May 3 and 4
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.
Weekend African Violet Show and Sale May 3 and 4
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.
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.
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
Band May 7; Chorus May 13
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.
House for Adults in Transition May 7
Both credit and noncredit representatives will welcome adults seeking
to learn more about MCCC's programs. More
May 16 and 23
A new program that offers intellectually stimulating topics is introduced
by the Center for Continuing Studies. More here.
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
Business Conference May 17
Help us spread the word! "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.
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