E-Bulletin of May 4, 2007

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Still Time to Sign Up for Focus Groups
Registration for strategic planning focus groups is well under way. Groups will include staff and faculty, students, public officials, educators and community members. Five sessions will be held for staff and faculty during the week of May 14.

If you haven't signed up yet, click here to register for one session by May 8. If you have never used this online registration system to sign up for an MCCC activity or event, you will be asked to set up an account. If you do not have an MCCC e-mail account or cannot access the link above, you may register by calling Brad Kent at ext. 3772.

Don't Forget MouthWorks This Weekend
Mercer's refreshingly unique performance troupe, "MouthWorks," will present a humorous show at the college's Studio Theatre (next to Kelsey) on the West Windsor campus Saturday, May 5 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 6 at 6 p.m. Be prepared for "sheep, football, love & soda, milk jug mania, snakes in the shower, navigational systems gone wild, sock poetry and more. Suitable for family members 13 and up. Admission is free, and includes refreshments. E-mail paluscio@mccc.edu or call ext. 3454.

Jazz Band and Chorus To Perform Next Week
Music students will celebrate spring at two concerts in May. The MCCC Chorus will perform
Tues., May 8 at 8 p.m., and the College Jazz Band will perform Wed., May 9 at 8 p.m. More information here.

College Assembly and Staff Recognition May 16
The College Assembly will be held on Wed., May 16, starting at 10 a.m. in Kelsey Theatre. The Assembly will be followed by the annual Staff Recognition Ceremony at 11 a.m. Staff and faculty are invited to lunch in the cafeteria at the conclusion of the morning program.

Tom Wilfrid Receives NJCCC Commendation
Dr. Thomas N. Wilfrid received a Resolution of Commendation on April 30 from the New Jersey Council of County Colleges, expressing “most sincere gratitude and appreciation” and citing his exemplary leadership on a number of key college priorities including: initiating an honors program, expanding online and blended courses, securing approvals for several chapter 12 capital projects, opening the Mercer County Police Academy on the West Windsor Campus, and establishing a formal partnership with Educational Testing Service.

MCCC Medical Lab Tech Program Reaccredited
The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences has awarded a seven-year continuing accreditation to Mercer’s Medical Laboratory Technology program through September of 2013. The program is coordinated by faculty member Jane O’Reilly.

Students Take Family Portraits for HomeFront
Michael Dalton’s Photojournalism class invited mothers and families served by HomeFront to the West Windsor campus on April 19, where students took studio portraits of them. The photos will be given to the mothers at a Mother’s Day Tea to be held at HomeFront in May 10.

Approximately 30 families participated, and were overjoyed at the outcome, according to Dean Judy Ehresman. Dalton said the students realized they had made an impact on the participants’ lives. One student has volunteered to be at the site on Mother's Day to distribute the photographs, which the organization will have framed. Two other students are planning to do additional volunteer work with HomeFront. The Mother's Day project is expected to be an annual event.

Student Achievement Applauded at April Board Meeting
Members of the MCCC Board of Trustees took time out from their regular agenda at the April 19 board meeting at Mercer's James Kerney Campus to recognize the accomplishments of 81 high-achieving students. Dr. Diane Campbell, dean for Enrollment and Student Services, presented certificates to students in recognition of academic excellence, participation in MCCC organizations and clubs, and athletic achievements. Student names and photo page here.

Starting Them Early on Flight
Aviation faculty member Joan Jones gets an A+ for recruiting the youngest students ever. She gave an aviation presentation at the Chesterbrook Academy, Mount Laurel, last Friday to a group of five-year-old children (including her grandson, Joshua). Her aerodynamics class had made flyable paper airplanes for the presentation, and the children were taught "How Airplanes Fly," and "How to Become a Pilot." They took turns talking pilot talk with headsets, flew paper helicopters, and received whirly plastic helicopters for their efforts as paper plane test pilots. She also showed a brief video entitled "The Peanuts Gang Meets the Wright Brothers," a cartoon on the first powered flight. Photo here.

Ed Carmien Recognized by Science Fiction Research Association
English faculty member Ed Carmien is the recipient of the 2007 Mary Kay Bray Award from the Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA) for his review of "Space Opera Renaissance'" in issue #277, pp. 9-11, of the SFRA Review. The fiction editor for the Review, Ed will be presented with an award certificate at the association's convention in Kansas City in July. Founded in 1970, the SFRA is the oldest professional organization dedicated to the study of science fiction and fantasy literature and film. For more on the association, visit the SFRA website here.

DREAM Student to Deliver Speech at Leadership Conference
Congratulations to MCCC DREAM student Jackie Applebaum, who has been selected by the New Jersey Department of Education to give a keynote address at the regional “Dare to Dream” Student Leadership conference on May 14 at Burlington County College. The conference is designed to inspire and empower high school students who are making the transition to the world of possibilities beyond high school. Selected for her exemplary self-advocacy and leadership skills, Jackie will motivate over 350 area students and teachers who attend this annual event.

Photo Student Works for SPIN
Michelle Lawlor, one of Michael Dalton’s photography students, was hired to do a freelance shoot for SPIN magazine. Her photos are up on their website.

Alum Shares Knowledge of Specialized Field
MCCC alumna Diana Johnson returned to Mercer in April to present a PowerPoint lecture to students in Helen Tanzini's Chemical Science Concepts course (CHE 106). An employee with the NJ State Police, Johnson discussed the use of entomology in forensics investigations and brought along hissing cockroaches to add a mesmerizing visual touch to the discussion. Photos here.

Johnson earned two degrees at Mercer, an A.S. in Mathematics in 1996 and an A.A. in Humanities and Social Sciences in 1997, graduating with highest honors. She continued her education at The College of New Jersey, earning a B.S. in Biology in 1998, followed by a master's degree in Entomology at Washington State University, She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Biology.

DREAM Program Seeks Student Mentors
The DREAM program is recruiting student mentors for the fall semester. Mentors create a bridge between the college community and the DREAM students by helping students become familiar with the college environment and gain access to available college resources. Mentoring benefits all parties in the relationship. A commitment to this experience involves time and training. DREAM faculty will work around the mentor's class schedule and provide ongoing training and support. In return, mentors will experience personal and professional growth, including leadership skills and valuable work experience. Mentors will be paid for their service. Please encourage students to contact us at 570-3422, or by e-mail to urbanb@mccc.edu.

Mercer in the News Online
Click here to read recent publicity in area newspapers, including a feature story on President Donohue in US1 and coverage of her talk at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon in The Times.

Coming to Kelsey Theatre

May 4-12 -- "Lust N' Rust" Captures Life in Trailer Park at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre

May 5 -- It's a Dog's Life for "Harry the Dirty Dog" at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre

May 18-20 -- "The Velveteen Rabbit" Speaks of Love and Loyalty at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre

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