E-Bulletin of May 21, 2008

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Mercer Student Takes National Title in Tennis
The No. 1 tennis singles player in the country is Marc Nichols, a Mercer student. The team took fifth place in the national championships. Nichols' "inside" story to come.
Read The Times story here.

College Hosts Assembly and Staff Recognition Ceremony
At the College Assembly on May 19 Dr. Donohue thanked all for their hard work during the year and presented a college update. Assembly Chair Helen Tanzini's slide presentation featured Mercer staff, faculty and students engaged in activities throughout the semester.

Mercer's Human Resources Office organized the 31st Annual Employee Recognition Ceremony, with Jose Fernandez serving as spokesperson. Professors Mel Leipzig and Ted Otten both achieved 40-year milestones. Click here for photos of those who reached milestones of 10 to 40 years.

Iseneker and Callahan Win Staff Awards
Winner of the 2008 Community Service award, Amy Iseneker has spent countless hours volunteering for the American Heart Association. She spearheaded Mercer's participation in the Heart Walk and MCCC's drive that raised $6,000. She also heads up the college's Sustainability Committee. Respected by all, she was nominated by many colleagues for this award.

Winner of the 2008 Human Service award, Jeff Callahan is the only staffer who has won both this award and the Community Service award (2002). He was nominated by multiple colleagues for his consistent efforts in assisting students and co-workers.

You can read President Donohue's presentation from the Awards Ceremony, and see photos of our awardees with the president and Board Vice Chair William Coleman here.

James Kerney Campus Celebrates Achievement
Excitement was definitely in the air at Trenton's War Memorial building when the James Kerney Campus hosted an enthusiastic audience for its Celebration of Academic Achievement May 13. Honored were 270 students who completed credit and noncredit programs. County Executive Brian Hughes gave opening remarks, and three successful students spoke about how MCCC changed their lives.

Don Jones, assistant dean at the James Kerney Campus, was honored for his 18 years of serving as MC for this event. Each year he has brought down the house with his magnificent voice. Photos and more here.

Student Athletes Recognized
Approximately 55 of Mercer's student athletes were recognized at a breakfast on May 9. Highlights of the year included a national title for no. 1 tennis singles player Marc Nichols and a fifth place showing for the men's tennis team, a trip to the Northeast District Tournament for the baseball team for the first time since 2003, and a trip to the nationals for the men's soccer team. More here with photos.

Student Awards Banquet Recognizes Leadership and Volunteer Service
Mercer's most active students came out for a Mercer special event - this time to applaud each other at the Student Activities/Student Government Association banquet at Cedar Gardens on May 9. President Patricia Donohue welcomed the crowd of approximately 200 students and family members and thanked both students and staff members who have enriched life at the college by making extra-curricular participation a centerpiece of their Mercer experience.

Starting off the program was the recognition of 68 students nominated for this year's "Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges." The Club of the Year Award went to the Criminal Justice Club, under the leadership of Program Coordinator Peter Horne and Club President Luis Vega. Student leadership honors went to SGA President Elizabeth Stinson (Student of the Year), Robert Chilson (Community Service) and Alyssa Ingling (Human Relations). Ingling will take over as SGA president for the coming year. Selected for the Outstanding Student Awards were Robert Chilson, Jorunn Evju, Beth Perez, Amanda Urick and Laura Christiansen. The Student Volunteer Awards went to Minerva Decarlo (HRIM), Harry Watson Jr. (Phi Beta Lambda), Heidi Sommers (SGA) and Marcia Ferguson (SGA).

Staff members took home their share of honors. Advisor of the Year was Assistant Professor Jody Person, selected for his oversight of both the Drama Club and the Gay-Straight Alliance. Special appreciation awards went to John Simone and Diane Campbell. Facilitators from the Mercer Leadership Conference - John Simone, Rev. Robert Witik, Linda Ertingu, Ellen Benowitz, Amy Immordino, Terrance Carter, and Geraldine Isme - were also presented with certificates.
Photos here.

History Adjunct Shares Professional Activities
Sue Kozel, an adjunct faculty member in History, will be one of 18 panelists for the N.J. History Conference in November. She has been selected to participate in the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Landmark Workshop for community college faculty. Her research includes investigating a Philadelphia Quaker/entrepreneur who became an 18th century abolitionist in western Monmouth County. Kozel also participated in Harvard University's The Atlantic World international workshop on land Issues.

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

Mercer in the News Online

The Times, May 18, 2008 Tomorrow's Playwrights Try Out Their Craft

The Times, May 16, 2008 Mercer's Nichols is National Champ

The Times, May 15, 2008 A Diverse Group of Grads at MCCC (JKC Awards Night)

The Packet, May 14, 2008 Sex Lies and Videotape

The Times, May 13, 2008 Mercer Ousted in Three

Central Jersey.com, May 9, 2008 Accounting Scholarship

Pennington Post May 7, 2008 County High Schoolers Honored at MCCC

Coming Soon to Kelsey Theatre

May 30 - June 8 -- The Full Monty

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

The 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 22: Honors Convocation 2:30. Graduation Ceremonies 5:30.

May 26 Memorial Day Holiday

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