E-Bulletin of May 23, 2007

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Badessa Wins Human Relations Award
This year's Human Relations Award winner was Diane Badessa, President's Executive Assistant. She was cited for her exemplary treatment of all, her patience and ability to remain calm under pressure.
Click here
for the writeup on Diane.
Photos here

Flight Team Succeeds in National Competition
Mercer's Flight Team held their own at the national competition in Ohio, where they competed against the very best two- and four-year colleges. Details here.

36 Graduate from Nursing Program
In a ceremony on May 16 at Kelsey Theatre, 36 students celebrated their Nursing program graduation. More here.

MCCC Signs Transfer Agreement with Strayer
Mercer has signed a new transfer agrement with Strayer that enables Mercer graduates to transfer all of their associate degree credits there. Offering both undergraduate and graduate programs at 47 campuses in 13 states, Strayer is also known for its abundant online courses. More here.

Mel Leipzig Elected to National Academy
The National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, one of the oldest artist-run organizations in the United States, has elected MCCC Professor Mel Leipzig to its membership. Founded in 1825, the academy fosters the promotion of the fine arts in America, and houses a sizeable collection of American arts, over 8,000 works. "It's an honor," Leipzig said. "I was floored when I saw the list of other members." Leipzig will donate a painting to the museum.

"Designated a New York City landmark, the elegant and stately six-story Beaux-Arts townhouse designed by Ogden Codman Jr. is one of the few remaining mansions on Fifth Avenue that is open to the public.
Lectures, symposia, gallery talks, tours, and other educational programs are presented regularly, designed to complement special exhibitions and provide rare insights into the creative process from the artist’s perspective."

Honors Program Celebrates First Semester Success
Many of the 30 students who participated in the inaugural semester of Mercer's Honors Program gathered with faculty and family members for a symposium in the Student Center on May 8 to share their Honors projects and experiences. More here.

PASS Recognizes Student Accomplishment
Twenty-four PASS students who will graduate this year were among thosee honored at an awards night May 11. PASS (Programs for Academic Services and Success) emcompasses the EOF (Educational Opportunity Fund) and SSS (Student Support Services) programs.Five PASS students earned perfect 4.0 averages and are on the President's List; 27 achieved Dean's List status, and 51 were recognized for achieving a 3.0 grade point average.

PASS offers individual and group counseling, financial aid assistance, peer tutoring and counseling, academic advisement, summer classes and summer support, leadership training, orientation activities, mentoring, transfer assistance and a freshman seminar. Photos here.

SGA/SAB Dinner A Time of Celebration and Recognition
Many of Mercer's most actively involved students and the staff who work with them gathered on May 18 at Cedar Gardens to celebrate a year of growth and achievement, and to thank each other for their significant contributions to life at Mercer.

Following a delicious buffet dinner, a long list of Mercer stars accepted awards for their service. Among the highlights was the recognition of student leaders: Emmy Brandon, and Bethsaida Perez, Whitney Potts, Lynn Rowlands and Rodney Wright. The Flight Club was selected as "Club of the Year" for its first place performance in regional competition and third place among two-year schools at the nationals.

Student of the Year was Keiko Ishida. The Community Service Award went to Warren Schaeffer. Advisor of the Year was staff member Amy Immordino. Thanks and best wishes went to Whitney Potts for her leadership as SGA president. (Whitney is continuing her education on the Mercer campus in Fairleigh Dickinson University's Hospitality Management program.)

For photos of the big night, click here.

Services of the Grants Office
MCCC's Grants Office is here to assist the efforts of staff and faculty in this important endeavor, and can support the grants process through any of the following activities:

  • Identification of grant opportunities;
  • Identification of partnership opportunities with colleges and community organizations;
  • Development of ideas for grant funding;
  • Research to support grant project objectives;
  • Development of appropriate outcomes measures for grant activities;
  • Writing of the grant or grant components (college description, budget, outcomes measures, etc.)
  • Review and editing of grant proposals.

For more information contact Director of College Advancecment Kay Eaton at ext. 3250 or Grant Writer Barbara Prince at ext. 3284.

Zegarski Named Coach of the Year
MCCC softball coach (and alum), Ryan Zegarski, was named Region 19 Coach of the Year. Mercer players Jackie Sasko and Ashley Williams were named the region's top players. The women’s softball team ended its season 38-8, its best record ever, and went to the NJCAA National Tournament for the first time since 1988.

Article in The Times about the Prettyman family
Those of you who know MCCC retired professor Chuck Prettyman will find this article, about his athletic daughters and wife, a Mercer Nursing graduate, of interest. Click here

Women's Self Defense Class
The Mercer County Police Academy is offering "Israeli Krav Maga Women's Self Defense" on Wed., June 13 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Israeli Krav Maga U.S. Training Center, 127 Route 206, Unit 9 (behind Champion Fitness), Hamilton, NJ Fee is $40 per person. Call 585-6242 or e-mail israelikrav@gmail.com or click here for more on krav maga

Lifeguard Needed for Camp College
Camp College is seeking a lifeguard for Mon. to Thurs. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and possibly Friday mornings. Applicants may call ext. 3267.

Coming to Kelsey Theatre

June 1-3 -- Cuddly Bear Puppet Is Star of "Winnie the Pooh"

June 9 -- Join Alexander for His "Terrible, Horrible...Day"

June 9-10 -- Mercer Dance Ensemble Performs

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