E-Bulletin of April 30, 2008

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Photos Requested 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 tanzinih@mccc.edu by Wednesday, May 14.

High 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.

MCCC 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.

DREAM 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.
Click here for photos.

Students 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 here.

Dalton's 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.

Campbell 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 group here.

Medical 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.

Bio 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 Margaret O'Gorman.

The 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.

Student 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.

Faculty/Students 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.

Administrative Professionals Celebrate at Conference Center
Mercer's administrative 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.

Participants were treated to a beautiful lunch prepared by the Conference Center staff. For photos of the day's activities, click here.

Great 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 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 28, 2008, Supporters for Program for Disabled Students Hope to Keep the Dream Alive (About MCCC's DREAM program)

The Times, April 14, 2008 Volunteers Honored for Making a Difference

Pennington Post, April 3, 2008: MCCC Spreads the Word to Adults Entering College

Coming Soon to Kelsey Theatre

May 2-11 -- Three Penny Opera

May 3 -- Sleeping Beauty

May 10 -- Madeline

May 17-18: -- Mercer Dance Ensemble Undercover

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)

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 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.

Free 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.

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.

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.

Jazz Band May 7; Chorus May 13
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.

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
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. More here.

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