E-Bulletin of May 15, 2008

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Commencement May 22
On May 22 the Honors Convocation takes place at 2:30 in Kelsey Theatre. Commencement ceremonies will be at 5:30 p.m. in the college's central quadrangle. The keynote speaker will be Democratic Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, the Majority Leader of the New Jersey General Assembly. Coleman is the highest ranking African-American and woman in the NJ State Legislature.

Delivering the student address will be Jennifer Leigh, a Television broadcasting major who has been active in campus affairs and who credits Mercer with transforming her life. Leigh produced and directed many television productions for Channel 26, and for a marketing video. She and her team of students won several awards for their work. She plans to begin studies toward her bachelor's degree in Television this fall, and is still deciding which college she will attend.

Students Present Science Honors Projects
Three MCCC students presented their Biology and Chemistry Honors Research Projects before a group of students and faculty on May 8. The program, coordinated by Associate Professor of Chemistry Helen Tanzini and Associate Professor of Biology Diane Hilker, enables advanced students to pursue a semester of independent research under the guidance of faculty members from Mercer, Rider University and Princeton University. More here with photo.

Two Selected for "All-State Academic Team"
Lynn Rowlands and Onessa Freasier, two top-performing MCCC students who are members of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) National Honor Society, have been selected to the 2008 All-State Academic Team. A recognition ceremony hosted by the New Jersey Council of County Colleges was held May 1 at the New Jersey State House and the Trenton Marriott for winning students from the state's 19 community colleges. (PTK members must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.) More here with photos.

The Virtual College Summer Student Orientation
The Virtual College will be holding the following orientations for the Summer Session 2008:

  • Internet Courses -- Wednesday, May 21 at 6:00 p.m.; CM110
  • Telecourse (HPE 111 only) -- Wednesday, June 11 at 6:00 p.m. or Thursday, June 12 at noon; CM110.

TV Students Film for the Hall Institute; Receive Award
On May 9 MCCC Television students completed a series of videotapings they have been working on since January for the Hall Institute of Public Policy. a nonprofit organization. Their final project was videotaping President Donohue being interviewed by Hall Institute Executive Director Michael P. Riccards. The Institute presented an award to MCCC for producing the shows.
Photos here.

Students Honored at PASS Event
Programs for Academic Services and Success (PASS) hosted its annual honors banquet on May 2. Students were applauded for achievements that included making the Dean's List and the President's List, and earning a 3.0 GPA. Eighteen PASS students were congratulated for graduating this spring.

Students Create Video for Womanspace; President Donohue Chairs Event
Under the direction of TV faculty member Steve Voorhees, MCCC's Television students produced a video of President Donohue's introductory talk for the annual Womanspace "Tribute to Women" dinner, set for May 22. In a message from Womanspace's Director of Development, Susan Klejst, she says "I just watched it – it looked and worked great. You should be so proud, the students did a fantastic job. And we have one from ABC studios to compare with since Cokie Roberts sent a video message to us last year!"

Hospitality Club Wins Awards in Charity Event
MCCC's Hospitality Club participated in the Teal Tea Chef competition charity event, helping to raise almost $18,000 to benefit the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. The team consisted of students Anthony Lopez, Daniel Maitre, Lucia Scotto, Minerva DeCarlo and instructor Frank Benowitz.

The team won first place for tea fare (smoked salmon with cucumber and dill cream cheese spread tea sandwich), second place for appetizer (blackened sea scallops with citrus butter sauce), and third place for best dessert (Black Mocha cakes).

Thanks for Supporting Hospitality Club Fundraisers
The team sold 423 boxes in their two recent pre-order bake sales. "Thank you to all who supported our Hospitality Club by purchasing a $5 bake-sale box. As always, supporting a cause never tasted so good!" said Frank Benowitz.

Current Position Openings at MCCC
Click here for the list of job openings on campus.

Mercer in the News Online

The Times, May 9, 2008: Mayday for Aviation Program

The Times, May 9, 2008: Mercer Bands Together for a Roll

The Times, May 8, 2008: County Technical Schools Graduate Receives Award

Coming Soon to Kelsey Theatre

May 17 -- Mercer Dance Ensemble

May 30 - June 8 -- The Full Monty

May 31-June 7-- The Little Red Hen -- (Trentonian Story Here)

The April 10 Issue of eNews@MCCC
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Sports Update
Get an update on the progress of our sports teams here.

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

May 15: Mercer County Symphonic Band to Perform at Kelsey, 8 p.m.
Conductor Lou Woodruff says the performance will offer a variety of music including Bernstein, Gershwin, Vaughn Williams, Wagner and Offenbach. More here.

May 16: DREAM Program Invites Campus to Theatre Night
Mercer's DREAM program is hosting the "Island Dreams Mystery Theatre Night" on Friday evening, May 16. The ticket price of $75 per person includes dinner, the show, and a donation to the program. See event details here. For tickets or more information please call Barbara Urban at ext. 3422 or e-mail urbanb@mccc.edu.

Teen Arts Festival Coming to MCCC May 16
Many MCCC staff and faculty members will take part in the Teen Arts Festival on campus on Friday, May 16 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Seventeen schools -- 10 high schools and seven middle schools -- about 1200 students in total -- will participate.

May 17: Women/Minority-Owned Business Conference
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. Call 609-570-3311. There is no charge. More here.

May 19: College Assembly Followed by Staff Recognition Ceremony, 10 a.m. , Kelsey Theatre

May 20: Nursing Program Graduation Ceremony
MCCC Nursing graduates will receive pins and honors at a ceremony on May 20, 6 p.m. at Kelsey Theatre. The campus community is invited.

Honors Convocation and Graduation, May 22
MCCC's 2008 Honors Convocation is set for 2:30 p.m. at Kelsey Theatre
Commencement Ceremonies will begin at 5:30 p.m.

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