E-Bulletin of May 30, 2008

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Mercer Confers Student Awards and Scholarships
Guests entering the 2008 Honors Convocation at Kelsey Theatre on May 22 were greeted by the vibrant sounds of Mercer's jazz students. Music Professor James Kelly served as master of ceremonies for the event. Presenting 120 awards and scholarships were Deans Judith Ehresman, Mark McCormick, Robin Schore, Linda Martin and Diane Campbell, with Interim Vice President Judith Redwine. President Donohue and Dr. Redwine gave welcoming remarks.

New scholarships include the Care One of Ewing Scholarship awarded to a Physical Therapist Assistant student; the Susan Farabaugh Memorial Scholarship for a student pursuing a career in pathology, the Mel Leipzig Scholarship for an outstanding art student, and the Charles Russell Engineering Scholarship for a student in engineering. Established last year but not awarded, scholarships from the Rick Rednor AIDS Foundation were presented to two students this year who plan to pursue a career in HIV/AIDS awareness or research.

Photos here. If anyone would like a digital copy of a photo from the Honors Convocation please email symonss@mccc.edu.

The 2008 MCCC Commencement
On May 22 Mercer celebrated the graduation of 935 students. Speaking on behalf of the student population was Television major Jennifer Leigh, a 2004 graduate of Nottingham High School. Leigh produced and directed many live and taped television productions and won several awards for her work. "When I came here, I was looking for a gold coin and found the whole treasure chest," she said. Leigh plans to continue her education in television production.

Addressing the 2008 graduates was Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, who began her remarks by saying she was proud to note that her son, Jared, was among the graduates. She said to the green-robed grads, "Your professors have given you a toolbox. It's up to you to decide what to do with those tools. Don't ever stop learning; don't ever stop challenging yourself and asking why." More here with photos.

Alvyn Haywood Wins Distinguished Teaching Award
To the cheers of students and faculty at Commencement ceremonies, Professor of Communication Alvyn Haywood was presented with this year's Distinguished Teaching Award. In addition to chairing the College Forum, Haywood is a popular voice on campus and also serves as the voice of Passage Theatre on WIMG AM radio. He recently completed his second year as host of the cable television variety program "What Might Happen," a program he originated that airs on Mercer's cable channel 26.

In addition to holding many positions at Mercer for the past 15 years, including teaching at both campuses, Haywood also teaches Human Communication for Project Inside at the Garden State Correctional Facility. He has served as a member of the Juvenile Intensive Supervisor Program for the Juvenile Justice Commission. He holds a Masters of Divinity Degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Theater Arts from St. Andrews Presbyterian College.

Graduation Rebroadcast Schedule
Mercer's 2008 Commencement ceremonies will be rebroadcast on the following days and times.

Friday, May 30, 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 1, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 5, 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 10, 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 18, 8:00 p.m.

Spotlighting Mercer's National Champion Tennis Player
Click here to lean more about Mercer's Marc Nichols, the No. 1 champion tennis player in Division III of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

"Views and Voices" Interviews with Faculty and Staff Now Online
WWFM's "Views and Voices" radio show, with host Rachel Katz, features interviews with MCCC faculty, staff members and alumni. The interviews are now archived online at the station's website here.

You can hear interviews with Aviation Alum Sylvia Sanchez, Lorna Strang, Elaine Weinberg, Laurene Jones, Sue Onaitis, Monica Weaver, Carol Bork, Mel Leipzig, Reggie Page, President Patricia Donohue, Lou Woodruff, Saul Goldwasser, Rose Fiorello, and Kitty Getlik.

Bowen Appointed to NJEDge
The New Jersey Presidents' Council has appointed Susan Bowen a member of the NJEDge.Net Board of Trustees for a one year term. This is a newly created governing body that will begin by establishing an organizational structure.


The description from their website says: "NJEDge.Net is a non-profit technology consortium of academic and research institutions in New Jersey. Though its deployment of advanced Internet technologies and digital communication, NJEDge.Net supports its members in their institutional teaching and learning; scholarship; research and development; outreach programs; public service, and economic development. In providing broadband statewide network, NJEDge.Net creates an environment for interoperability to facilitate productive use of technology across the academic enterprise. NJEDge.Net introduces emerging technologies and state-of-the-art networking to its partners in academia, government and industry for inter-institutional collaboration, scholarship and research."

Dill a Certified Professional Photographer
Mike Dill recently passed a certification process through the Professional Photographers of America, a national association that makes him a Certified Professional Photographer. The certification process involves a written test and an image review; only 3% of photographers nationally have this certification.

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, May 26, 2008 Police Academy Graduates First Class of Corrections Officers

Mercer Business, May 26, 2008 Mercer's Mentors

The Times, May 25, 2008 Nichols is Right on the Money

The Times, May 23, 2008 Graduates Enjoy a New Degree of Success

Coming Soon to Kelsey Theatre

May 30 - June 8 -- The Full Monty

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

June 20-22 -- What the Butler Saw

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