E-Bulletin of May 7, 2009
Corzine to Speak at Commencement
It has been confirmed that Governor Corzine will speak at MCCC's Commencement
ceremonies on May 21, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
This year's Grand Marshall will be long-time physics and mathematics professor,
Dominick Misciascio. The student speaker will be Rodney Hargis, who works
part-time for The Virtual College. Last year Hargis won a national Terry
O'Banion Student Technology Award.
The Public Information Office is looking for particularly interesting
graduates to feature in our publicity, not just high-achieving students,
but unusual stories -- for example, mother-child graduates, someone transferring
with a major scholarship to a top school, someone who made a significiant
career change or has a great job lined up. We cannot feature all suggestions,
and will select those stories we believe will be of greatest interest
to the media. Please send ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
12, 8 p.m.: Jazz Band Concert. Click here.
May 14:Visual Art Student Show at The Gallery. Photos
15: Mercer County Teen Arts Festival, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
the full college calendar click here.
Symphonic Band to Perform May 13
The Mercer County Symphonic Band will perform an "All-American"
concert at Kelsey Theatre On Wednesday, May 13, 8 p.m. Admission is free.
The performance, under the direction of Dr. Louis Woodruff, will feature
pieces by American composers, many with historic or patriotic American
themes. More here.
Musical Celebration June 7
WWFM, The Classical Network, will host a benefit concert on Sunday, June
7 at 4 p.m. at the Trenton War Memorial's Patriots Theater. Musicians
from around the region and the world will perform, with Exploring Music's
Bill McGlaughlin serving as guest host. The concert will be recorded and
become the fourth CD in WWFM's series, "Celebrating our Musical Community."
to WWFM General Manager Peter Fretwell, the event accomplishes a number
of goals. "It allows us to get out of the studio and into the community,
doing what we love most - sharing classical music with the public. We
will be showcasing musicians from the region and those who perform worldwide,"
he said. "The talent under one roof will be quite extraordinary."
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Bike Ride for Diabetes June 14
MCCC staff members are looking for VOLUNTEERS and RIDERS for the ADA (American
Diabetes Association) Bike-a-thon, Sunday, June 14 in Princeton. "This
is a great way to raise awareness for a cause and to help to spread MCCC
pride throughout our community," says Maurice Thomas and Jennifer
The registration fee for riders is $25 and, in addition, each rider would
be responsible for raising a minimum of $175. When you register you will
get a personal webpage that allows your friends and family to make donations
online and allows you to track your progress. For more information on
this event please visit www.diabetes.org/tour.
If you are interested in joining the MCCC team, please contact Maurice
Thomas at email@example.com or Jennifer
Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org.
the MCCC Facebook Page
The Marketing staff has created an MCCC "page" on Facebook and
now posts upcoming events, news and photos. This is a new way to connect
with the MCCC extended family, including alumni, so help us spread the
word. Right now our page includes announcements, campus photos, Spring
Day photos, and photos of Chef Bradford Thompson's visit to our hospitality
If you're not yet a member of Facebook, you'll need to sign in. It's free
and anyone can join. You can visit our page here
and become a "fan."
Design Students Design Campaign for Mercer County WIB
teams of Advertising Design III students, who developed marketing campaigns
for the Mercer County Workforce Investment Board (WIB), had their work
judged by a panel of experts on May 4. This final project caps four semesters
of study. The teams presented designs for logos, slogans, posters, print
ads, brochures, billboards, press kits, websites and promotional items.
Photos and more here.
Program Honors Students; Celebrates 40 Years of EOF
MCCC staff and students celebrated student achievement at the PASS program's
5th annual Honors Banquet at the Baldassari Regency in Trenton. This year
also marked the 40th anniverary of the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF).
Honored were 19 students who are graduating this year, four students who
earned President's List status, 27 who earned Dean's List status, and
55 who earned a 3.0 or better average. PASS program alumni also attended
the event. Photos here.
of Student-Athletes Celebrated at Breakfast April 29
College administrators joined with staff from the MCCC Athletics Department
to celebrate the accomplishments of Mercer's student-athletes at a breakfast
on April 29. Athletics Director John Simone welcomed attendees, noting
that the college will send some 35 talented athletes on to four-year schools
at the end of this semester. He commended all who attended for a good
effort on behalf of the college. Photos and more here.
Scholarship Recipients Chosen
The seven-person committee to select the MCCC Faculty Association Scholarship
in honor of Professor Emeritus David E. Collier has chosen two top-notch
students as this year's recipients---Stephanie Morici and Susana M. Sanchez.
is transferring to TCNJ this fall, and intends to purse a degree in Elementary
Education and Psychology, ultimately getting an advanced degree in Special
Education. For the past five years, Ms. Morici has coordinated and supervised
an after-school program at a local elementary school. Sanchez is a graduating
MCCC Honors student and is transferring to Hampshire College in Amherst,
Massachusetts. She has a distinguished record of community and college
service and plans to study sociology and economics at Hampshire.
says, "Thank you to those who distributed information about the scholarship,
wrote letters for the candidates, and contributed time and/or money to
the process. Finally, we are still about $500 short of our $2,000 goal
and will happily accept donations of any amount."
members included Jane O'Reilly, Laura Becker, Theresa Capra, Nancy Halstead,
Les Grunes, and John Kalinowski.
Bork and Reichman Accepted
for Princeton Mid-Career Fellowship
Faculty members Carol Bork and Don Reichman have been accepted for the
Princeton Mid-Career Fellowship Program for 2009-2010. The program enables
faculty and administrators "to undertake advanced study in related
disciplines and participate in a specially designed program aimed at professional
development," according to the
Leipzig Tribute Draws Crowd/Kicks off Fund for Student Art Gallery
Friends, students, colleagues and former students turned out
in large numbers at Mercer's Gallery April 29 to join in paying tribute
to artist and long-time professor of art and art history, Mel Leipzig.
The special event also kicked off a new fundraising drive for a student
of Facilities Mike Dill, a photographer and former Leipzig student, presented
a special gift to the college -- a framed photographic portrait of Professor
Leipzig and a collage made up of a combination of Dills photography
and a line drawing by MCCC student Ryan Lawyer.
with photos of the artwork, which is now on permanent display in the glass
case outside the bookstore. Prints are available to those who donate to
the student art gallery fund.
Bradford Thompson Shares Expertise with Culinary Students
Chef Bradford Thompson, named the 2006 Beard Best Chef and listed in Food
and Wine's Top 10 for 2004, visited the West Windsor campus April 30 to
share his culinary skills with students in instructor Bill Beyer's Advanced
Culinary Class. The menu included handmade pasta and rabbit prepared several
According to Hospitality Club Advisor Frank Benowitz, MCCC students will
work with Thompson again in the future. He is a touring chef for "Share
Our Strength," a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating
child hunger in the U.S. A portion of the Hospitality Club's fundraising
proceeds will go to this group and Benowitz expects students to volunteer
for a variety of events. Photos here.
Event Sparks Intergenerational Conversation
senior citizens met MCCC students for a discussion of poetry on April
30, bridging the generations through a love of literature. Fran Davidson's
Honors Program students read works by such greats as Langston Hughes,
E. E. Cummings, Edgar Allen Poe, William Butler Yeats and many more, and
asked questions that resulted in a lively discussion.
Having read and talked about the selected poems in advance of the meeting,
the senior citizens were well prepared with their opinions and questions,
which were handled with grace by students, also well versed in the literature.
Faculty member Carol Bork joined Davidson in facilitating the discussion.
AAWCC-MCCC Clothing Donation
Drive an Overflowing Success in Many Ways
From Nancy Sobala: It is a generous community we work with. The
volume of boxes and bags of clothing that we delivered to the office of
our donation drive recipient, Health Incentive Program for Women,
brought Carol Thame, program coordinator, to write in an email;
Nancy, when I saw how much was donated I was overwhelmed. Please
accept my heartfelt thank you from the city of Trenton and the participants
of the program. We are planning a fashion show and clothing giveaway on
May 30th. Well take pictures and forward to you."
On behalf of the MCCC chapter of AAWCC, I thank everyone who donated clothing.
As chair, I distinctly thank the following colleagues for the help and
support that made this event so successful: Margarita Leahy, Wanda Ritchie,
Linda Gaylo, Sue Holman, Bryon Marshall, Justin Tibbetts, and Augustin
and Ioan Ciocotisan. Thank you to everyone who sponsored a drop-off site
at both campuses. Special assistance came from a friend of Wandas,
Mr. Wallace Wilson, who provided much-needed muscle given the quantity
of donations at JKC. At HIP4W, Annie Hodges and Nixsa Santiago gallantly
carried just about all of the clothing up a 20-step flight of stairs (no
elevator in their rented office space). To summarize, using a quote from
Walt Whitman, The habit of giving only enhances the desire to give.
Participates in NJN Film on Joseph Bonaparte
Adjunct faculty member and Professor Emerita Regina Mezei has participated
in a video made by NJN called "Bonaparte's Retreat." She was
among those interviewed for the production, which will air Friday, May
22 at 8:30 p.m. and Wednesday, May 27 at 11:30 p.m. The video tells the
story of Joseph Bonaparte, Napoleon's older brother, who escaped to America
and settled in Bordentown after Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo. He lived
there on an estate overlooking the Delaware River for more than 17 years.
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A Stage Career is Launched
New MCCC Certificate Program Tackles Issues of Aging
Theatreworks USA Presents Junie B. Jones
Coming to Kelsey Theatre
1-10: Disney's "High School Musical"
May 16-17: Mercer Dance Ensemble Performs to Selections From Singer/Songwriter
29 - June 7: Revenge Fuels "Sweeney Todd"
30: Junie B. Jones
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