E-Bulletin of May 7, 2009

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Breaking News

Governor 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 symonss@mccc.edu.

Upcoming Events

Event Reminders

May 12, 8 p.m.: Jazz Band Concert. Click here.

Through May 14:Visual Art Student Show at The Gallery. Photos here.

May 15: Mercer County Teen Arts Festival, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

For the full college calendar click here.

County 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.

WWFM's 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."

According 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." Click here for the full story.

TourdeCure 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 Cook.

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 thomasmj@mccc.edu or Jennifer Cook at cookj@mccc.edu.


Announcing 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 students.

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."

Ad Design Students Design Campaign for Mercer County WIB
Six 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.

PASS 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.

Contributions 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.

Collier 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.

Morici 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.

Craig Coenen 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."

Committee 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 website.

Mel 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 art gallery.

Director 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 Dill’s photography and a line drawing by MCCC student Ryan Lawyer.

More here 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.

Chef 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 different ways.

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.

Poetry Event Sparks Intergenerational Conversation
Lawrence 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. Photos here.

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. We’ll 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 Wanda’s, 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.” Photos here.

Mezei 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.

Mercer in the News Online

WestWindsor-Plainsboro News:
5-1-09 A Stage Career is Launched

5-6-09: New MCCC Certificate Program Tackles Issues of Aging

Hamilton Space.com
MCCC's Press Releases

Broadway World:
5-4-09: Theatreworks USA Presents Junie B. Jones

What's Coming to Kelsey Theatre

May 1-10: Disney's "High School Musical"

May 16-17: Mercer Dance Ensemble Performs to Selections From Singer/Songwriter Vanessa Daou

May 29 - June 7: Revenge Fuels "Sweeney Todd"

May 30: Junie B. Jones

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

Sports Update
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