E-Bulletin of May 8, 2008

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Mercer Baseball Team Wins Region 19
In the most dramatic fashion possible, the Mercer baseball team has captured the Region 19 title for the first time since 2003. In the double-elimination tournament held May 2-4 at Salem County College, the Vikings defeated Salem 8-2 in the first round on May 2. On May 3, they lost to Lackawanna 13-2, forcing them into the loser's bracket to face Salem for the second time in two days. They beat Salem again, this time by a score of 5-2. Mercer headed into the final day of action needing two wins against the still undefeated Lackawanna.

Digging deep, the Vikings found a way to win both games, the first a morale-boosting 11-4 rout and the second a hard fought 4-2 victory with the winning run coming late in the game. With a stellar record of 33-11, the Vikings advance to the district tournament, which begins May 9 in Rockland, NY. Head Coach for Mercer baseball is Matt Wolski. He is assisted by Fred Carella and Kevin Kerins. Photos here.

The Information Technology Strategic Plan is Now Online
From Susan Bowen: On behalf of the Information Technology Strategic Planning Task Force, I am pleased to share MCCC's Information Technology Strategic Plan for FY 2009-FY 2011. This document can be viewed on the Technology Services link on MLink here.

The plan includes a vision for technology, information technology goals, and strategies for these goals to be met over the next three years. Special thanks to the Information Technology Strategic Planning Task Force members for their hard work and efforts in developing this plan!

All Invited to JKC Celebration of Academic Achievement May 13
Students who completed credit and noncredit programs at the James Kerney Campus will be honored for their achievements at the War Memorial Building in Trenton on May 13, 5:30 p.m. Dr. Donohue will give the keynote talk, and County Executive Brian Hughes and Mayor Palmer are expected to attend. Three students will speak about how MCCC has changed their lives.


Mercer County Symphonic Band to Perform May 15
The Mercer County Symphonic Band will perform its annual Spring Concert at Kelsey Theatre on Thursday evening, May 15, at 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.

DREAM Program Invites Campus to May 16 Theatre Night
Mercer's DREAM program is hosting the "Island Dreams Mystery Theatre Night" on Friday, May 16. All are invited to attend this fun event. The ticket price of $75 per person includes dinner, the show, and a donation to the program.

Faculty and staff are also invited to help by sponsoring a DREAM student who wishes to attend the event. For example, three people could join together to sponsor a student for a cost of $25 each. See event details here. For tickets or more information please call Barbara Urban at ext. 3422 or e-mail urbanb@mccc.edu.

Nursing Program Graduation Ceremony May 20
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 Students Present Poetry to Senior Citizens
MCCC's Honors Poetry class, taught by Fran Davidson, read and discussed poetry with senior citizens on April 29 at the "Poetry Workshop: An InterGenerational Experience" presented at the Lawrence Library. Click here for the press release and photo.

WWFM Unveils New Website
On May 2 WWFM unveiled its brand new website -- www.wwfm.org. The site's artistic elements were developed with the college's Publications Department, while IT Services added web design and structural elements. If you have any comment on the site, email wwfm@mccc.edu.

MCCC Singer Warmly Received at Apollo Theater
Music student Kelly Carvin was embraced by a boisterous crowd at the Apollo Theater's Amateur Night on April 30. Carvin, a singer/songwriter who was described by the Apollo's Vanessa Rogers as a combination of Joni Mitchell, Joan Armatrading and Joss Stone, was the winner of MCCC's "Searching for the Stars" competition held at the James Kerney Campus in February and March. Carvin and her family were transported by limo to Harlem, where she rehearsed at the theater in the afternoon and then enjoyed a tasty meal with her family at the legendary Sylvia's Restaurant before the show.

Performing "Son of a Preacher Man," Carvin reports that not only was she not booed off the stage - the uncomfortable outcome for performers who displease the crowd - but was invited to come back. Adds her father Tom, "It was a special, special night. No matter what, Kelly can always say she performed at the Apollo Theater. What Mercer is doing to promote music and the performing arts is great." For photos of the limousine's departure, click here.

Celebrating Spring at MCCC
It's always a beautiful day when MCCC celebrates Spring Day, and this year was no exception. Through the efforts of the Student Activities Office and numerous college clubs and organizations, the 2008 Spring Day was a hit.

Mercer's Phi Theta Kappa chapter hosted a "Pie Your Professor" fundraiser for student scholarships and the Trenton Area Habitat for Humanity. Click on the photos to see some of the good sports were who got hit with pies. Photos here.

New Organization Chart Posted Online
To see the new chart, click here.

New Phone Line for JKC Room Reservations
There is a new line dedicated to room reservations at the James Kerney Campus. From now on please call Brenda Worley at ext. 3193 to reserve a room.

JKC Theatre Group Presents "The Flavor of Five" May 14
Students in the Fundamentals of Acting class (THR104) at the James Kerney Campus will present a unique theatrical event on Wed., May 14, 5:20 p.m. in Kerney Hall. Directed by faculty member Louis Wells, "The Flavor of Five" is written and performed by students Khadija Agyapong, Ella Campbell, Renee Inman, Deborah Smith and Alexandra Vega. Directed by Wells, the half-hour show is written and performed by students

Stop by and experience the distinctive voices of five special Mercer women. The half-hour show is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Theatre Program Coordinator Jody Person at jpersondirect@yahoo.com.

Bat Cave News and Offerings
Click here for details.

RX for Your Financial Concerns
Worried about the real estate crisis? Want to learn how to improve your credit, or how to purchase stock options? MCCC's Center for Continuing Studies is offering "How to Buy Foreclosed Properties" on June 7; "Homebuying for Beginners" May 22-June 5; and "Staging Your Home to Sell" July 8. Other personal finance courses include "Improving and Fixing Your Credit" May 20-27 and "Stock Options Workshops I and II" July 16-July 7 and July 21-28.

Click here to see the spring tabloid or call Continuing Studies for a copy at ext. 3311.

Photography Adjunct Selected for Monmouth Museum Exhibit
John Monahan, Photography Adjunct, is one of six artists out of 110 applicants to be selected for a solo exhibition at The Monmouth Museum in its second annual NJ Emerging Artists Series. The exhibition will take place in May of 2009, and Monahan will give a gallery talk during the exhibition.


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. According to Dean Judy Ehresman, seventeen schools -- 10 high schools and seven middle schools -- about 1200 students in total -- will participate in a day of planned art, music, and performing arts activities. MCCC's Security, Facilities, Media Services, Dining Services, and Admissions will all play a part in the event, which is co-sponsored by the Mercer County Culture and Heritage Commission.

Alum Artwork at New York Gallery
MCCC alum Thomas Kelly will have his art exhibited at the Walter Wickiser Gallery in New York, with an opening reception on May 29. Click here for the flyer.

Prison Instructor Remembered
Dave Karp, an instructor in MCCC's prison program, died on Monday. He has taught NET102-PC Systems Software at Garden State Youth Correctional Facility. According to Dr. Renee Walker, coordinator of Project Inside, "Dave was well liked and respected at Garden State by education staff and students alike. He will be missed."

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

Mercer in the News Online

The Times, May 7, 2008: Mercer's Hough Realizing His Goals

Asbury Park Press, May 5, 2008: Students Question Corzine's Proposed Scholarship Limit

Newsday, May 5, 2008: Students, Lawmakers Question Corzine's Proposed Scholarship Limit

The Times, May 5, 2008: Mercer is Region 19 Champion

Coming Soon to Kelsey Theatre

May 2-11 -- Three Penny Opera

May 10 -- Madeline

May 17 -- Mercer Dance Ensemble

May 31-June 7-- The Little Red Hen

The April 10 Issue of eNews@MCCC
Click here for all past issues of eNews@MCCC. This newsletter is designed for and e-mailed to external constituents, including alumni, trustees, foundation and advisory board members, and other friends of the college. Please help us build our lists. To have someone added, send advisory board and friends' names and e-mail addresses to zarrillr@mccc.edu. Send alumni names and e-mail addresses to humphrew@mccc.edu.

Sports Update
Get an update on the progress of our sports teams here.

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

Through May 14: Student Show Continues at The Gallery
Don't miss the more than 170 paintings, photographs, found-object chairs, drawings, prints, sculptures, ceramics and more in the 2008 Visual Arts Student Show. Photos here.

May 13: College Chorus Performs 7:30 p.m. at Kelsey Theatre
More details here.

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. Register by May 9 by calling 609-570-3311. There is no charge. More here.

May 19: College Assembly and Staff Recognition Ceremony, 10 a.m. , Kelsey Threatre

May 22: Honors Convocation and Graduation
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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